With a tough hill to climb, it's only a matter of time before Sabres GM Darcy Regier sells off some of his pieces, including defenseman Robyn Regehr and Jordan Leopold, who has missed the last nine games with an upper body injury.
One player who would welcome a change of scenery is winger Drew Stafford, multiple sources have told TFP.
Stafford, 27, has struggled in the first half of the season, registering only two goals and seven assists for nine points in 26 games.
According to one source, "He would welcome a move. . . . would do him some good."
The native of Milwaukee, WI, has two-years left on his contract beyond this season at $4 million per season.
Several teams, including the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars, are in the market for a second line winger.
Meanwhile, Regehr and Leopold are expected to be moved prior to the deadline, providing the Sabres fail to pick up any ground on a playoff spot.
The Kings and Red Wings are also looking for help on the back end, as are St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers.