The Buffalo Sabres front office and scouting staff will have a very busy with the next 24 hours.

The 2023 NHL trading deadline is tomorrow at 3 pm EST. That means that teams who want to add pieces for a playoff push will have to complete a trade before that deadline. After 3 pm tomorrow, trades will have to wait until the off-season when the new league year begins.

General manager Kevyn Adams has kept busy, as Buffalo has made two trades this week.

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The first was acquiring defenseman Riley Stillman from the Vancouver Canucks for forward prospect Josh Bloom. Then the Sabres sent goaltender prospect Erik Portillo to the Los Angeles Kings for a 2023 third round pick.

The Sabres have fallen behind a bit in the standings, after their brutal loss to the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.

The Sabres would love to end their 11-year playoff drought this spring though, which means they could decide to make a move for a player to help that cause.

The Fourth Period is reporting that Buffalo is linked to three players: two goaltenders and one forward.

  • Ottawa Senators, Cam Talbot (G)
  • San Jose Sharks, James Reimer (G)
  • Philadelphia Flyers, James van Riemsdyk (F)

Talbot is the least likely to be traded, since Ottawa is now in a spot to fight for a playoff spot. Reimer could easily get traded but David Pagnotta says he has a five-team no-trade list.

As for van Riemsdyk, Pagnotta says he will most likely be traded but the Flyers will have to retain some of his $7 million salary to make it happen.

The 33-year-old forward is not a top-line player, but could be a nice addition on a second or third line for a playoff team.

We will see what Kevyn Adams decides to do by tomorrow afternoon.

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