Wild Ship Scandella to Sabres in Multiplayer Deal
The Minnesota Wild traded defenseman Marco Scandella, right wing Jason Pominville and a fourth-round pick in 2018 to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forwards Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno and a third-round pick in 2018. No salary was retained in the deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres needed to improve their defense corps. With the 27-year-old Scandella, they get a big (6’3″, 208 lbs), all-around blueliner who is capable of playing over 20 minutes per games. He’s under contract for three more seasons at $4 million annually.
This move could mean the Sabres won’t be part of the upcoming bidding war for unrestricted free agent Kevin Shattenkirk.
Pominville, 34, is returning to the club where he started his NHL career and had his best seasons. Those days are now in the past, though he managed a respectable 47 points in 78 games last season. Still, he could provide the rebuilding Sabres with some invaluable leadership and two-way experience. He has two seasons remaining on his contract at an annual average value of $5.6 million.
Injuries, especially concussions, have hampered Ennis’ NHL career. When healthy, he’s reached the 40-point plateau three times. If he can avoid further injury, he could be a good depth scorer for the Wild. Ennis has two seasons left on his contract with an annual cap hit of $4.6 million, though in actual salary he’s slated to make $3.65 million annually.
Foligno, 25, is a restricted free agent coming off a two-year, $2.25 million contract. He won’t be expensive to re-sign. The 6’3″, 228-pounder is a hardworking defensive winger. He should be a good physical addition to the Wild’s checking lines.
As per Cap Friendly, the Wild clear $5 million from their cap payroll for 2017-18. With over $18 million in cap space, that should provide them sufficient room to re-sign key RFA forwards Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter.