Erik Johnson in a Buffalo Sabres jersey waiting to see if he will be traded at the NHL trade deadline.
Erik Johnson trade rumors heat up as the NHL deadline nears. Sabres could get a strong return for the defenseman.

The NHL trade deadline is rapidly approaching, and the Buffalo Sabres are finding themselves in a potentially advantageous position.

Defenseman Erik Johnson is garnering significant attention as contenders look to bolster their blue line for the playoff push.

Will the Sabres Trade Erik Johnson?

Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News broke the news that the Sabres are fielding increased inquiries about Johnson. The veteran defenseman’s appeal lies in a combination of factors. Johnson is a reliable right-shot defenseman, a valuable asset as teams often seek to balance their defense corps. Additionally, his reputation as a strong penalty killer, shot blocker, and locker room leader further elevates his desirability.

With established defensive stalwarts like Chris Tanev and Ilya Lyubushkin already off the market, Johnson’s stock continues to rise. The Tampa Bay Lightning, Edmonton Oilers, and Dallas Stars are all reportedly interested in acquiring his services.

Whether the Sabres ultimately decide to capitalize on this demand remains to be seen. Johnson’s presence on a rebuilding Sabres squad adds stability and mentorship as they look toward the future. However, the potential return in a trade could also help accelerate Buffalo’s plan.

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