The Sabres have announced they have let GM Jason Botterill go:
Three weeks ago Sabres co-owner Kim Pegula declared Botterill’s job was safe.
Assistant GM Randy Sexton was also let go.
The Sabres have acquired RW Michael Frolik from the Calgary Flames.
The pick sent to the Flames was acquired from the Canadiens in the Marco Scandella trade.
Frolik has 5 goals and 5 assists in 38 games this season. He has a cap-hit of $4.3 million and will be a UFA this summer.
The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenseman Marco Scandella from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for San Jose’s 2020 4th round pick. Montreal is assuming all of Scandella’s $4 million cap hit for 2019-20.
Earlier, Montreal had traded away defenseman Mike Reilly to the Senators for AHL forward Andy Sturtz and a 2021 5th round pick, opening up a spot on the blueline for Scandella.
Pierre Lebrun reports the Sabres may use the cap space cleared by moving Scandella to add a forward:
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Mike Babcock is the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The deal is reportedly worth an astounding $50 million over eight years.
Babcock’s future was in limbo since Detroit was eliminated during the first round of the playoffs, and had been linked to the San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres.
According to the Detroit Free-Press, the Red Wings offered Babcock a four-year, $13 million contract, which would have made Babcock the NHL’s highest paid coach.
Louis Jean of TVA Sports reports that Sabres’ GM Tim Murray has told other GMs that the Sabres might trade their remaining 1st round pick that isn’t their own.
The Sabres originally had three 2015 first round picks — their own, the Islanders’ (acquired in the Thomas Vanek trade), and the Blues’ (acquired in the Ryan Miller trade). The lowest of those picks was moved in the Evander Kane trade earlier this season.
The Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward Torrey Mitchell from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a prospect and draft pick.
The Montreal native Mitchell will provide the team with the forward depth that is needed for a deep run in the playoffs.
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Chris Stewart has been traded to Minnesota in exchange for a 2017 2nd round pick.
Stewart has been bandied around in trade rumors since he’s gone to Buffalo in the Ryan Miller trade. In 61 games this season, Stewart has 11 goals and 14 assists.
Michael Russo reports that the Sabres are retaining half of Stewart’s contract.
The New York Islanders have acquired goaltender Michal Neuvirth from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for goaltender Chad Johnson and a third round pick in 2016.
The acquisition of Neuvirth, 26, will allow the Islanders to rest Jaroslav Halak more down the stretch of the regular season and provide the team with depth should Halak struggle during the playoffs.