The Wild traded Eric Staal, a veteran center, to the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday for Marcus Johansson.
Johansson, a 29-year-old left winger is entering the second year of a two-year, $9 million contract. He is a 10-year veteran who had nine goals in 60 games last season.
Staal, 35, has played 16 NHL seasons. He had 19 goals and 47 points last season, third best on the Wild. He is entering the final season of a two-year, $6.5 million deal.
Both players had modified no-trade clauses, according to an NHL source. Staal had a 10-team no-trade list, and the Sabres weren’t on it.
Sarah McLellan covers the Wild and NHL. Before joining the Star Tribune in November 2017, she spent five years covering the Coyotes for The Arizona Republic.
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