Jason Pominville, Matt Moulson and now, Chris Stewart.
For the third consecutive deadline, Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher has gone shopping for a forward in Buffalo — this time, he’s plucked Stewart in exchange for a second-round pick at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Stewart, 27, has been on the trade block for over a year after arriving in Buffalo last season from St. Louis. A two-time 20-goal scorer, he’s got the skills and size (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) to be a quality power forward but has lacked consistency throughout his seven-year NHL career, and is now on his fourth team.
Stewart is a pending UFA, though, and should be motivated to play for a new contract on a Minnesota team that is fighting for its playoff life. Speaking of contracts, sounds like Buffalo will retain half of Stewart’s $4.2 million ($4.15M cap hit) in this deal:
It’s also worth noting that, in keeping with the theme above, the Wild also acquired Thomas Vanek in the offseason, though not directly from Buffalo — he went from the Isles to the Habs before signing with the Wild last summer.
The Montreal Canadiens are loading up on depth from the Buffalo Sabres on deadline day, with Torrey Mitchell being their latest acquisition. The Buffalo Sabres received Jack Nevins and a 2016 seventh-rounder in the deal.
ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that Buffalo will retain 50 percent of Mitchell’s salary.
The Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno points out that it’s a homecoming for Mitchell, 30, is from Montreal.
Earlier today, the Habs got Brian Flynn from Buffalo. It’s been a busy day, in general, for Montreal as they also grabbed defenseman Jeff Petry from Edmonton.
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We’ve got our first goalie-for-goalie swap of the trade deadline — Buffalo has sent the red-hot Michal Neuvirth to the New York Islanders in exchange for backup Chad Johnson and a third-round pick in 2016.
Neuvirth, 26, has played extremely well since taking over the Sabres’ No. 1 gig — following the trade of Jhonas Enroth to Dallas — posting a .938 save percentage in February. A pending UFA, he’ll now get the chance to split time with Jaroslav Halak as the Isles look to rest their No. 1 down the stretch, and potentially see some playoff action should Halak falter.
Johnson, 28, has also been very good in February — posting a.935 save percentage — and is signed for one more year at $1.3 million, giving Buffalo an affordable goaltending option for next season. That said, Johnson has struggled at times (as evident by his .889 save percentage and 3.08 GAA in ’14-15) and has never appeared in more than 27 games in a single season.
In an ironic twist, Neuvirth and Halak will now be teammates after they were traded for one another last year, in a flip involving Buffalo and Washington.
The Montreal Canadiens stayed busy after acquiring d-man Jeff Petry this morning, picking up forward Brian Flynn from Buffalo.
In exchange, the Sabres will receive a fifth-round pick at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, per TSN.
Flynn, 26, has enjoyed a relatively successful campaign with the Sabres, scoring five goals and a career-high 17 points in 54 games played. A former University of Maine standout, Flynn has spent his entire professional career with the Buffalo organization, playing two years in AHL Rochester before becoming a full-time NHLer last season (in 79 games, he had six goals and 13 points).
In Montreal, Flynn — who’s in the last of a two-year, $1.275M deal with a $637,500 cap hit — will challenge for minutes at the center position. He played there regularly for the Sabres (was fourth on the team in faceoffs) and will now be in the mix for bottom-six minutes along with rookie Jacob De La Rose and Manny Malhotra.
Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each had a goal and an assist as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Sunday night.
Anahiem has now won five of its last seven while the Stars are winless in six.
Cayton Stoner had the other Ducks goal. John Gibson made 39 saves for the win.
Patrick Eaves had the lone Stars goal.
Jhonas Enroth stopped 19 shots in the loss.
With his two point night, Getzlaf (669) moved into a tie with Paul Kariya for second place on the franchise’s all-time points list.
The Ducks lost TIm Jackman early in the first period to a lower body injury. Bruce Boudreau said the forward is “day-to-day”.
Anaheim has held Dallas to just one goal in each of the first two meetings between the two clubs. The pair meet for a third and final time on April 8 at the Honda Center.