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Sabres trade Neuvirth, Stewart

by jmaloni


Mon, Mar 2nd 2015 05:25 pm

The Buffalo Sabres today acquired goaltender Chad Johnson and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for goaltender Michal Neuvirth.

Johnson (age 28, 6'3", 193 pounds) signed a two-year contract with the Islanders in July and has appeared in 19 games for the team this season, posting an 8-8-1 record. In parts of five NHL seasons with the Islanders, Boston Bruins, Phoenix Coyotes and New York Rangers, Johnson has gone 28-14-7 in 56 games played, logging a .914 save percentage and a 2.41 goals-against average.

A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth round (125th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft.

The Buffalo Sabres acquired a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Chris Stewart.

Stewart recorded 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) and 69 penalty minutes in 66 games with the Sabres after being acquired from the St. Louis Blues March 29, 2012.

The Sabres also acquired forward Jack Nevins and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Torrey Mitchell.

Nevins (age 21, 6'2", 199 pounds), who signed a three-year contract with the Canadiens in March 2013, has played 32 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) this year in his first full professional season, totaling 88 penalty minutes.

A native of Stittsville, Ontario, Nevins made his professional debut in 2013-14 with three games in Hamilton after recording 48 points (19/29) and 159 penalty minutes in his final QMJHL season with Charlottetown and Rouyn-Noranda.

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