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Sabres' scoring slump has fans buzzing. Will a summer trade solve the problem?

The Buffalo Sabres’ offensive production took a step back this season as the team honed its defensive game. After trading away Casey Mittelstadt and bolstering the blue line with Bowen Byram, where will the goals come from next year?

WGR 550’s Howard Simon thinks the free-agent market likely won’t provide the scoring punch the Sabres crave. That means GM Kevyn Adams will need to leverage the team’s impressive stockpile of young prospects and draft picks to lure a proven scorer to Buffalo.

While the Sabres’ defense and goaltending improved as the season progressed, it wasn’t enough to overcome scoring woes. Adding a seasoned goal-getter with leadership qualities could be the difference-maker the team needs to finally return to playoff form.

While Steven Stamkos would be an ideal (albeit expensive) free-agent target, a trade might make even more sense. Are there disgruntled stars on the block who could thrive under a change in scenery? Could Adams work a deal around one of the Sabres’ rising young talents? Only time will tell.

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