Devils Deal Simmonds To Buffalo


The Devils continued their selloff Monday, sending right wing Wayne Simmonds to the Buffalo Sabres for a conditional fifth-round draft pick in 2021.

The pick can become a fourth-rounder if Buffalo reaches the playoffs and Simmonds plays in at least 10 games, reports said. The Devils will pay half of his remaining salary, ESPN reported.

The deal was made just hours before the NHL's 3 p.m. Monday trade deadline.

New Jersey signed Simmonds, now 31, to a one-year, $5 million contract in July. But the Devils, who were hoping to return to their 2017-18 playoff form, lost their first six games and never recovered. They're currently 24-27-10 (58 points) and in last place in the Metropolitan Division.

Devils right wing Wayne Simmonds celebrates his goal during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 13, 2020, at the Prudential Center in Newark.  Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Images

Simmonds skated in 61 games this season, registering eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points.

The physical forward is best known for his seven-plus seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, for whom he enjoyed four consecutive 50-point seasons from 2013-17. This is the second straight season Simmonds has been traded at the deadline -- he was shipped from Philadelphia to the Nashville Predators last year.

Also Monday, New Jersey reportedly shipped defenseman Sami Vatanen to the Carolina Hurricanes for prospect Janne Kuokkanen and a conditional second-round draft pick. They also dealt goaltender Louis Domingue to Vancouver for 27-year-old goalie Zane McIntyre, who has yet to play in the NHL.

Domingue had been playing with Binghamton of the AHL, but he also appeared in 16 games with New Jersey this season.

On Feb. 16, the Devils traded away longtime defenseman and captain Andy Greene to the Islanders for a second-round draft pick in 2021 and defenseman David Quenneville. They also dealt center Blake Coleman for left wing Nolan Foote and a conditional 2020 first-round pick. 

It has been a turbulent season for the Devils, who have seen their head coach, John Hynes, and general manager, Ray Shero, fired, and their biggest star, former Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall, traded away as well.