Buffalo - February 11, 2015 - All those rumors about Tyler Myers being traded to Anaheim might be false after all. That’s because he was just dealt to the Winnipeg Jets.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reported it first on Twitter, the final deal loking like this: the Jets deal Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and unsigned goaltending prospect Jason Kasdorf to the Sabres for Myers, Drew Stafford, prospects Brendan Lemieux, Joel Armia and a 2015 first-round draft pick.
According to TSN, the pick will be the lowest one the team owns, which will either be the pick they acquired from the New York Islanders or the one they got from the St. Louis Blues.
ESPN’s Craigh Custance adds that the Sabres will retain half of Stafford’s $4 million salary for the season; the winger is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
This is a huge deal on both fronts. The Sabres acquire arguably the best player in the deal in Kane, a legitimate top-six winger who needed a change of scenery after a turbulent couple of weeks in Winnipeg. He was scratched in his hometown because of a dress code violation and then decided to shut himself down for the season to recover from an injury. He’ll likely get the opportunity to play with either Jack Eichel or Connor McDavid, generational centers who are both great playmakers.
The Jets upgrade from Bogosian to Myers, who has started to find consistency as the cornerstone of the Sabres’ blueline this year, pick up a third-line winger that can help them in Stafford as well as a couple of prospects with second-line ceilings.
The smoke has hardly had a chance to clear, but it’s a bold move for both sides. The Jets are pushing for a playoff run and managed to get a nice package for an asset (Kane) that they were ready to be done with. The Sabres get a high-end winger and a quality defenseman with high ceilings. Slight edge to the Jets, but the Sabres did well for themselves here.
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