Which is why they should have done it last year instead of sitting on cap space and wasting roster spots on hinestroza and jost (who replaced the original piece i dont even remember right now, sheehan was it?). Probably would have made the playoffs last year if they had.
Agreed that they should have added, but on defense in November with all the blueline injuries. That said, last season was about development and evaluations. Did KAGM miss an opportunity to make the playoffs by doing nothing? Sure. But it's done. Is he missing opportunities now? Maybe. We just don't know what opportunities that were offered him.
Let's examine last years TDL.
Eleven teams traded 12 first round picks.
Three missed the playoffs Ottawa, Vancouver and Washington.
Six were bounced in the first round Boston, Los Angeles, Tampa, New York Islanders and Rangers
Two made it the second round New Jersey, Edmonton and Toronto.
Neither Florida nor Vegas traded first round picks, but the Knights did give up Zach the 30th OA from the 2021 draft to get Ivan Barbashev who had an excellent playoff with 7 goals and 18 pts in 22 games and Diliberatore a 2018 6th round pick to get Blueger who had 2 goals.
Ivan had 6 regular season goals after joining the Knights only two more than Greenway.
The Sabres picked up Greenway, and Stillman while Florida did not make any deals.
Stillman actually played very well registering a 55% CF playing with nearly every other defenseman.
At the TDL Buffalo was nearly as active as the Knights (Stillman and Greenway played a total of 35 regular season games while Barbashev and Blueger played 41) and more active than the Panthers.
Maybe they could have done more, certainly let's not trade away any first round picks to make the playoffs.
Compared to Boston and Tampa, they did nothing but they were both huge favorites in the playoffs, Buffalo was not.
Next year looks really bright for the Sabres as Tampa lost Killorn and Colton and Boston lost Bergeron, Stillman, Hall and Krejci as well as Orloff and Bartuzzi who they picked up for the playoff run.