Top Five Free Agent Targets for the Buffalo Sabres

Sekera can return to Buffalo this offseason

1. Andrej Sekera- First off, the Sabres biggest need is a left-handed puck moving defenseman.  Sekera is a familiar face in Buffalo and was pretty good for the Sabres.  His play however took off when he was in Carolina in 2013-14.  He scored 11 goals for the Hurricanes and added 33 assists.  Last year he dropped off a bit, but he did switch teams, which normally drops a player's minutes and chemistry with teammates.  Sekera is not physical, but he is quick and efficient as a puck mover.  Paired with Zach Bogosian, Sekera would fit in nicely back in Buffalo.  Price: 3 years $3.0 Million

John Moore was not qualified by Arizona, making him a UFA

2.  John Moore- The Arizona Coyotes did not qualify John Moore as a restricted free agent, therefore he is now an unrestricted free agent.  That is not a very common situation for 24 year old defensemen, but it is John Moore's situation.  Buffalo should jump at this situation if they feel Sekera's price will be too high.  Moore is a more stay at home defenseman than Sekera, but has solid size and can be very accountable in the defensive zone.  Price: 3 years $1.5 million

Paille can return to Buffalo and immediately contribute to a struggling PK

3.  Danny Paille-  Another returning former Sabre.  The key that makes Paille valuable is his low price coupled with his skill at penalty killing.  He doesn't score very much, but in his time with the Bruins, he became one of the most trustworthy PK players in the NHL.  The trade that sent Paille to Boston was a mistake and it's time to right that wrong and bring him back to be a depth forward.  It would also perhaps allow Buffalo to make another move maybe with a Foligno or Deslauriers.  Price: 2 years $1.0 million

Tinordi is an RFA that can replace Zadorov on the blue line

4.  Jarred Tinordi-  Tinordi is an RFA in Montreal.  He's a 23 year old defenseman and has a lot of potential.  He has great size standing at 6'6" and weighing in at 227 lbs, he can be that huge imposing defenseman that can replace Nikita Zadorov.  The major issue here is that signing Tinordi is essentially a trade unless you sign him to an offer sheet worth less than $1.2 million, but Montreal will surely match that.  I think Tinordi could be worth a second round pick, but more likely his value is a third round pick to Montreal.  They are in cap trouble as they still need to bring back Alex Galchenyuk and therefore Buffalo might only need to give up a third for Tinordi.               Price: 3 years $1.82 million 

Johnny Oduya is available due to Blackhawks cap trouble and will be a coveted free agent this summer
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5.  Johnny Oduya-  A proven winner and great teammate, Oduya can bring a lot to any team that wants him.  The Sabres should want him as he fits the left-handed defenseman need and he can fit well into the Sabres top six defensemen and allow Jake McCabe to continue to develop in Rochester.  He will be a coveted free agent so the biggest negative is that his price will be high, but sometimes the price is worth the player.  I don't like overpriced free agents so he's fifth on my list, but in regard to talent Oduya may be the best defenseman of the four on this list.  Price: 4 years $4.8 million

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