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Buffalo Sabres acquire Eric Staal from Minnesota

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Wed, Sep 16th 2020 06:30 pm

The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forward Eric Staal from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Marcus Johansson.

Staal ranks in the top 10 among active NHL players in career regular-season games played (7th), goals (6th) and points (8th). He ranked third among Wild skaters in goals (19) and points (47) in 2019-20, tying for the team lead with 14 even-strength goals and earning his sixth career NHL All-Star Game selection.

Staal is one of six active NHL members of the Triple Gold Club, winning the 2006 Stanley Cup and gold medals with Canada at 2007 IIHF World Championship and 2010 Winter Olympics. He helped lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a Stanley Cup championship with an NHL-best 28 points (9 goals, 19 assists) in the 2006 NHL Playoffs. Staal played in six NHL All-Star Games and was selected as the All-Star Game MVP in 2008.

He has represented Canada in four major international competitions, captaining the nation’s 2013 IIHF World Championship team. Staal won a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics and at the 2007 IIHF World Championship.

In addition, he has served as a captain or alternate captain in 12 of his 16 NHL seasons, including seven seasons as captain of the Hurricanes. Staal was named to the NHL’s second All-Star Team in 2005-06 and the CHL’s First All-Star Team in 2002-03.

He played in the 2005 AHL All-Star Game, the 2004 NHL YoungStars Game and the 2003 CHL Top Prospects Game.

Before coming to Buffalo, Johansson split time between the New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins in 2018-19, where he recorded 30 points in 58 combined games. He added a career-high 11 points in 22 playoff games for the Bruins during their Stanley Cup Final run.

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