By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Buffalo Sabres and the Minnesota Wild pulled off a trade on Friday morning. Defenseman Marco Scandella is on his way to Buffalo.
Also joining the Sabres is Right winger Jason Pominville. The Wild are receiving two left wingers in the deal as Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno.
No money is retained in this deal, according to TSN’s Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.
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“You can put me in different roles,” Foligno said. “You can use me in different scenarios. At the end of the day, I’m going to be a hard-working forward that sticks up for [my] teammates and plays a simple game. I look up and down that lineup, it’s a very talented, skilled lineup with great centermen.
“I’m excited because you want to push for the playoffs every season and I haven’t done that yet with Buffalo. Minnesota’s definitely a team that’s built for success in the playoffs. I’m just hoping I can come in there and just be a small voice, but hopefully have a big impact on the team, so we can make a long-run in the playoffs.”
The Wild also acquired the Sabres’ third-round pick in next year’s draft. The Sabres also acquired Minnesota’s fourth-round pick next year.
Pominville returns to the Sabres in this deal. He spent the first eight-and-a-half years with Buffalo before being traded to Minnesota.
The Sabres had a clear need on defense. Scandella helps with their need, as he had 27 goals and 89 points in 373 games in seven-years in the league.
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Scandella had four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 71 games last season. He also averaged 18:20 time on the ice.
Ennis, who had spent the last eight-years with the Sabres, had five goals and eight assists for 13 points in 51 games. He has played in just 74 games over the past two seasons.
Foligno spent the past six-years with the Sabres. He had 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points in 80 games.
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