Sabres swing trade to bring back Pominville, add Scandella

Buffalo sends Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno to Minnesota in deal

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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: provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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