In what feels like a move out of left field, Kevyn Adams has reportedly made his first trade as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres.
For Eric Staal. Details being worked on. https://t.co/pJ0FqLIddH— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 16, 2020
Eric Staal, 35 years old, has played 1,240 NHL games amassing 1,021 points (436 goals, 585 assists).
Last season with the Minnesota Wild, Staal tallied 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) in 66 games.
Staal found out about the trade 10 minutes ago. Said to be stunned.— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) September 16, 2020
The deal ends up being a one-for-one, which sees both teams taking on an expiring contract but the Buffalo Sabres will end up saving money after the trade is officially consummated.
Staal reportedly turned in his no-trade list yesterday and Buffalo was not on the list.
Under the recent CBA memo of understanding, players with modified no-trade lists had until yesterday to revamp their lists. Staal turned in a new one yesterday, I'm told, that did not have the Sabres on it.— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) September 16, 2020
More to come on this story, as it develops.