Montreal Canadiens acquire center Eric Staal from the Buffalo Sabres

By Field Level Media
Mar 24, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Eric Staal (12) warms up before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens acquired center Eric Staal from the Buffalo Sabres on Friday in exchange for third- and fifth-round picks in the 2021 NHL Draft.

The Sabres will retain half of Staal’s $3.25 million salary, meaning $1.625 million remains on Buffalo’s salary cap.

Staal, 36, has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 32 games this season with the Sabres. The pending unrestricted free agent was acquired by Buffalo in an offseason trade with the Minnesota Wild for forward Marcus Johansson.

A 2006 Stanley Cup winner with Carolina, Staal has collected 1,031 points (439 goals, 592 assists) in 1,272 career games with the Hurricanes (2003-16), New York Rangers (2016), Wild (2016-20) and Sabres.

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–Field Level Media