National Hockey League

Staal traded to Sabres by Wild for Johansson

"Eric Staal was a positive influence on guys, but sometimes it's just change is good for us," Wild general manager Bill Guerin said.

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

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

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

(Coach) Dean [Evason] knows him very well from Washington (as a former assistant) and believes he can an impactful centerman, so he's going to get that opportunity."

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

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