The Eric Staal Trade Helps the Sabres in More Ways Than One

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Kevyn Adams certainly had time to dream this one up.

The Buffalo Sabres named him their GM in mid-June. Three months later, the NHL’s 24-team bubble playoff tournament continues and, with Buffalo not participating, Adams has been gifted all that time to work on his plan to retool the team under the maybe-too-watchful eye of ownership.

So you’d have to hope Adams’ first major move as GM would be a good one, something to reflect all that prep time. Well, it appears he’s passed his first test. On Wednesday, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported the Sabres had acquired center Eric Staal from the Minnesota Wild for left winger Marcus Johansson. It was a one-for-one trade, with no salary retained in either direction, and it’s tough to see it as anything but a win for the Sabres, whether you think they can improve next season or not.