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Sabres Acquire Michael Frolik

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.

Canadiens acquire Marco Scandella, trade Mike Reilly

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:

Babcock Leaves Detroit for Toronto

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.

Sabres Could Move Additional 2015 1st Round Pick

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.

Canadiens Acquire Mitchell from Sabres

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.

Chris Stewart Traded to Minnesota

Image from Resolute via Wikimedia Commons

Image from Resolute via Wikimedia Commons

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.

Islanders Acquire Neuvirth

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.

Insider Trading: Vermette, Blackhawks, Capitals, Leafs, Bruins, Petry

From February 26th’s TSN Insider Trading:

Bob McKenzie says the Blackhawks definitely want to use the money available from placing Patrick Kane on LTIR on a player with to term on his contract beyond this season. He says, at this point, the Hawks are the most interested team in making a deal before the deadline, and that Antoine Vermette is the player most in demand throughout the league. The Blackhawks are seriously interested in Vermette, but also Curtis Glencross and Cam Atkinson.

Pierre Lebrun reports that Capitals are interested in Erik Cole, Curtis Glencross and Joffrey Lupul.

Darren Dreger says there’s no guarantee that any of Joffrey Lupul, Dion Phaneuf or Tyler Bozak are traded before the deadline, there is “a lot of interest and activity” surrounding the trio.

Pierre Lebrun says the Boston Bruins have been looking for a winger for over a month. They’ve been in on Chris Stewart for a while now. They are also interested in Erik Cole, Cam Atkinson and Curtis Glencross.

Darren Dreger says a Jeff Petry trade talks haven’t produced a satisfactory offer as of yet, and re-signing is unlikely at this point, so GM Craig MacTavish continues to wait.

  

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