BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It didn’t take new Sabres GM Jason Botterill very long to make a splash.
Not a wave… but certainly a splash.
On Friday, Buffalo acquired Marco Scandella, Jason Pominville and a 4th round pick from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno and a 3rd round pick. The move frees up cap space for Minnesota.
The trade delivers Buffalo some much-needed depth to its defense corps. It also returns a longtime fan favorite in Pominville back to where his career first began. Scandella is signed through 2020 with a $4 million cap hit per season; Pominville is on the books through 2019 with a $5.6 million cap hit per year.
“I love the direction the team is headed,” Pominville said. “I’ve spoken to Jason [Botterill] and Phil [Housley] already. Excited and glad to be a part of the team again.”
The move sends Foligno and Ennis to a team other than Buffalo for the first time in their pro careers.
“Excited to get a fresh start,” said Ennis. “I just want to thank Buffalo for giving me a chance to play in the NHL.”
“You’re a little bit shocked and it’s shaky, but like Tyler said it’s a fresh start,” said Foligno. “Can’t thank the Sabres organization enough.”
Botterill said at the NHL Draft not to expect a ‘big bang’ move in free agency; a trade, however, doesn’t ruin the Sabres’ cap situation and still provides a personnel boost. This move also likely takes the Sabres out of the running for coveted free agent Kevin Shattenkirk.
Take a look back at one of Pominville’s most famous goals here: