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October 30, 2017 | 11:35am ET
Frustration brewing in Buffalo
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Buffalo Sabres sit second-last in the Eastern Conference with a 3-7-2 record, ahead of only the 3-7-1 Montreal Canadiens, and the tension surrounding the team appears to be mounting.

Buffalo's lack of scoring depth has been a problem for them to start the season and their defensive lapses and shaky goaltending hasn't gone unnoticed, either.

Sabres GM Jason Botterill has been exploring the market and is willing to listen to trade possibilities, but there does not appear to be a lifeline readily available.

Numerous reports have claimed the Sabres have made Sam Reinhart available for trade, while the likes of Johan Larsson and Matt Moulson are also believed to be up for grabs.

Forwards Jack Eichel, Evander Kane and Jason Pominville lead the Sabres with 12 points, each, while Ryan O'Reilly has eight points. No other member of the Sabres has more than four points, including Moulson and off-season acquisitions Benoit Pouliot and Kyle Okposo.

A trade is not believed to be imminent, though if the Sabres do not trend upwards in the near future, Botterill could increase his search for a deal, be it for scoring help or goaltending help.

The Sabres weighed their options between the pipes in the off-season and decided to stick with Robin Lehner as their No.1 goalie. That could change next season, though Lehner will be a restricted free agent come July.

 
 
 

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