Sabres acquire Eric Staal from Wild for Marcus Johansson

Sabres acquire Eric Staal for Marcus Johansson in deal with Wild

Sabres acquire Eric Staal for Marcus Johansson in deal with Wild

As Buffalo Sabres general manager, Kevyn Adams didn't need to put many efforts on center Eric Staal in completing his first trade. Johansson has one year remaining on his contract at $4.5M AAV. Johansson can play wing and center for Minnesota. It's a different look for our team. Both the players are in the final year of the contract.

Adams said Staal has enjoyed "a world-class career".

Staal could also help mentor center Dylan Cozens, the Sabres' top center prospect. Kreuger was a consultant to Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford from 2005-10.

Staal, 35 (10/29/84), recorded 47 points (19-28=47) in 66 games with Minnesota this season.

Johansson, 29, spent just one season with the Sabres, where he had nine goals and 21 assists in 60 games. He has scored at least 40 goals three times in the National Hockey League, including in 2005-06, when he scored a career-high 100 points (45 goals, 55 assists) to help Carolina win its first Stanley Cup championship.

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Staal is a gamer and comes to play every night. Staal has missed only four games missed since 2016 with an 18:05 TOI (279 points).

In the same time period, Johansson has missed almost 100 games and a 16:38 TOI (178 points).

Selected by the Washington Capitals in the first round (No. 24) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Johansson has scored 364 points (129 goals, 235 assists) in 648 games with the Capitals, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins and Sabres, and he has 41 points (13 goals, 28 assists) in 94 playoff games.

In Buffalo, Staal can immediately step into the second-line centre job, behind captain Jack Eichel. His professionalism and experience will be useful and beneficial to developing the rookie Cozens as well as being a positive role model for Eichel. Fourteen years ago, fresh off a 100-point season and a championship, Staal was one of the NHL's biggest stars.

Has represented Canada in four major global competitions, captaining the nation's 2013 IIHF World Championship team. Eric also won a gold medal in Olympic 2010 and another gold medal in world championship 2017. He was named an All-Star in both 2018 and 2020.

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