National Hockey League

Staal traded to Sabres by Wild for Johansson

Staal, a 35-year-old center, had 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) in 66 games with the Wild this season, and five points (one goal, four assists) in four games in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

Buffalo is hoping Staal can provide it with center depth behind Jack Eichel, who had 78 points (36 goals, 42 assists) in 68 games this season.

Staal played with left wing Jeff Skinner in Carolina from 2010-16, so there's a chance that chemistry could help Skinner bounce back after he dipped to 14 goals last season after he scored 40 in 2018-19.

Johansson, a 29-year-old forward, had 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) in 60 games this season, his first with Buffalo.

24) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Johansson has 364 points (129 goals, 235 assists) in 648 games with the Capitals, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins and Sabres, and 41 points (13 goals, 28 assists) in 94 playoff games.

Eric Staal was traded to the Buffalo Sabres by the Minnesota Wild for Marcus Johansson on Wednesday.

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