GM Kevyn Adams pulled off his first trade and sent away Marcus Johansson for Staal.
— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) September 16, 2020
Staal will turn 36 at the end of October but has still put together some strong seasons recently. He’s nowhere near the 100-point player he was in the 2005-06 season, but he has put up at least 52 points in 3 of the last 4 seasons, and he was on pace to top that again this past season.
So, the Sabres believe they can continue to get a similar performance from Staal. They also cleared some salary in the deal as Johansson’s cap hit was $4.5M, but Staal is at $3.25M with one more season remaining on his contract.
Kevyn Adams makes his first trade as #Sabres GM: Johansson for E. Staal
Here is the first trade Botterill made as GM. pic.twitter.com/ajGsR4uyzz
— BuffaloHockeyCentral (@BHCdotcom) September 16, 2020