NHL trade rumors: Sabres have contacted Rangers about Jimmy Vesey

The Sabres are still searching around for a winger.

Buffalo has contacted the Rangers about acquiring Jimmy Vesey in a deal, according to Sportsnet.

Vesey, 26, is coming off of a season in which he scored a career-high 35 points while matching his best goal-scoring output of 17.

The lefty winger has one year remaining on the two-year deal he signed with New York in 2018.

The Sabres have reportedly been looking around for a second-line center and a winger over the last few weeks.

In a report from The Athletic last week, it was said that Buffalo had contacted the Wild about picking up Jason Zucker in a deal as well.

The signing of Jeff Skinner to an eight-year, $72 million deal this offseason has done a lot to encourage Buffalo fans this team is trying to win now and not simply trade assets to build for the future.

And after Ryan O’Reilly — who the Sabres traded to the Blues — won the Conn Smythe Trophy in this year’s NHL playoffs, it’s probably not a bad idea to not let one of the team’s best players to get away in free agency.

Buffalo started off the season very well last year even going on a 10-game winning streak at one point, but it struggled to close out the year and finished with the fourth-worst record in the Eastern Conference.