After his first few months on the job, Buffalo Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams has made his first trade.
The Sabres have traded forward Marcus Johansson to the Minnesota Wild for one of Adams' former teammates in forward Eric Staal.
Many Sabres fans will have memories of Staal playing a big role as a young player on the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes squad that beat Buffalo in the Eastern Conference Final, and eventually went on to win the Stanley Cup. Adams was also part of the Hurricanes team.
Over the course of his 16-year career in the NHL, Staal has scored 436 goals, while racking up 585 assists for 1,021 points in 1,240 games with the Hurricanes, Wild and New York Rangers.
Staal should give the Sabres an upgrade at second line center. He has played the position much more than Johansson has throughout his career.
Despite being 35-years-old, Staal had produced well while in Minnesota with 240 points (111+129) in 311 games. Staal will turn 36-years-old before the Sabres' next game, whenever the NHL will get the 2020-21 season started.
The Sabres will be saving over $1 million on their salary cap with this move. Both Staal and Johansson have one year left on their deals, with Staal's cap hit set at $3.25 million compared to Johansson's $4.5 million cap hit.