Staal traded to Sabres by Wild for Johansson


Eric Staal was traded to the Buffalo Sabres by the Minnesota Wild for Marcus Johansson on Wednesday.

Staal, a 35-year-old center, had 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) in 66 games with the Wild this season, and five points (one goal, four assists) in four games in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

He has one season remaining on a two-year, $6.5 million contract ($3 million in 2020-21) he signed with Minnesota on Feb. 25, 2019.  

Selected by the Carolina Hurricanes with the No. 2 pick in the 2003 NHL Draft, Staal has 1,021 points (436 goals, 585 assists) in 1,240 games with the Hurricanes, New York Rangers and Wild, and 51 points (21 goals, 30 points) in 62 playoff games. He has scored at least 40 goals three times in the NHL, including in 2005-06, when he had a career-high 100 points (45 goals, 55 assists) to help Carolina win its first Stanley Cup championship.

Johansson, a 29-year-old forward, had 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) in 60 games this season, his first with Buffalo. He has one season remaining on a two-year, $9 million contract ($4.5 million average annual value) he signed on July 6, 2019.

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

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