Devils deal Simmonds to Sabres

Tanya Simon
February 27, 2020

The team is close to acquiring Wayne Simmonds from the New Jersey Devils, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN. New Jersey will retain 50% of Simmonds' salary in the transaction.

In return, the Devils are receiving a conditional 2021 fifth-round pick that could become a fourth if the Sabres make the playoffs and Simmonds plays 10 games. The Sabres are eight points out of the second wild card. Simmonds signed with the Devils in the summer of 2019 after stints with the Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators. For me the answer is Simmonds. The price is certainly right: a fifth-round pick isn't much to surrender, and it will only become a fourth in the dream scenario that Simmonds helps the Sabres rally into the postseason. "I think he had a lot of good things to say about the players, the staff and the coaches, so I was happy I had a chance to wish him good luck". Forward Kyle Palmieri, who has also been at the center of trade rumors, participated.

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He has been one of the league's best goalies the past two years and is an unrestricted free agent after this season. Las Vegas is a town of magic and flair, so one would expect their professional sports franchise to follow suit.

Simmonds, 31, has eight goals and 16 assists in 61 games this season.

The Buffalo Sabres pulled off two deals prior to the NHL's trade deadline Monday afternoon. Part of that can be blamed on the hapless situation the Devils are in, but there are more than 900 tough, physical games on Simmonds' frame at this point and he is obviously slowing down. After rumored links to the Vancouver Canucks, he'll now be moving northwest to the Sabres, joining a team that is 19th in the National Hockey League in goals scored per game. Merkley and/or another forward will likely be recalled after 3 p.m. on Monday.

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