Sabres Trade Johansson for Staal

Sabres Trade Johansson for Staal

The Buffalo Sabres are adding a veteran presence to their lineup, acquiring Eric Staal from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Marcus Johansson.

Sportsnet NHL analyst Elliotte Friedman has confirmed that this is a one-for-one trade, and no other players or draft picks will be involved.

Staal, 35, had a 10 team no-trade list and the Sabres were not on that list, according to TSN analyst Pierre Lebrun.

Staal had 19 goals and 47 points in 66 games for the Wild this season, and 1 goal and 5 points in four Stanley Cup Qualifier games, in which the Wild lost to the Vancouver Canucks 3 games to 1.

Both Staal and Johansson have one year remaining on their current contracts. Staal is signed at $6.5 million on his current 2-year deal, while Johansson is on a 2-year, $9 million contract.

Johansson, 29, had 9 goals and 30 points in 60 games this season. The Buffalo Sabres were one of seven teams to not make it into the 24-team Stanley Cup Playoffs tournament.

Johansson spent one season with the Sabres. He was drafted in the first round by the Washington Capitals in 2009 and the Minnesota Wild will be the fifth team he has been part of, the other two being the New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins.

Featured photo courtesy of Stephen R. Sylvanie / USA Today Sports

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