Ducks Trade Brandon Montour to Sabres
The Anaheim Ducks have traded defenseman Brandon Montour to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a conditional first-round pick in 2019 and prospect defenseman Brendan Guhle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: TSN’s Frank Seravalli reports the Ducks will either receive the San Jose Sharks’ pick (acquired by the Sabres during last year’s Evander Kane trade) or the option of taking the St. Louis Blues’ first-round pick (obtained by the Sabres in the Ryan O’Reilly deal) if that pick ends up between 20 – 31 in the draft order.
With Marco Scandella listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury, the Sabres had to bolster their blueline depth to keep their playoff hopes alive. While Montour is considered by some observers to be an average defender, the 24-year-old tallied 32 points in each of his last two seasons and currently has 25 points in 62 games. His poor defensive play this season could also be attributed to the Ducks’ overall lousy performance. He’s signed through 2019-20 with an annual average value of over $3.387 million.
Rumors dogged the Ducks for months suggesting they might move one of their top-four defensemen, perhaps for a scoring forward. Instead, general manager Bob Murray opts to build for the future with a promising blueliner and a first-round pick. Guhle, 21, is a puck-moving defenseman who spent most of this season with the Sabres’ AHL affiliate in Rochester. It remains to be seen if he’ll be part of the Ducks lineup for the remainder of this season or report directly to their farm team in San Diego.