Senators Make Minor League Deal With Sabres
Ottawa makes a late-night deal with Buffalo.
Well, it's not nothing.
Half an hour before they were about to face-off against the Flames in Calgary, the Senators announced they had completed a trade with the Buffalo Sabres.
The #Sens have acquired forwards Jason Akeson and Phil Varone, defenceman Jerome Gauthier-Leduc and a conditional draft pick from Buffalo.— Sens communications (@Media_Sens) February 28, 2016
In exchange the #Sens send Eric O’Dell, Cole Schneider, Alex Guptill and Michael Sdao to the @BuffaloSabres.— Sens communications (@Media_Sens) February 28, 2016
And that conditional pick: here's the condition.
Should Schneider play three NHL games for the Sabres this season, the #Sens will receive Buffalo’s 7th-round pick in the 2016 draft.— Sens communications (@Media_Sens) February 28, 2016
Phil Varone and Jason Akeson are both 25 and have played minimal time in the NHL, combining for a total of 57 games with the Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers. While Varone has 29 points in 43 games with the Rochester Americans in the AHL, Akeson has carted 30 points in 51 matches.
The final Senators' acquisition is Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, a 23-year-old Quebec City native, who was a minus-19 with the Americans in 53 games this season. Leduc was seen as quite the offensive defensemen, registering 74 points in 62 games during the final year of his Junior career with the Rimouski Océanic.
As for what they gave away, Cole Schneider and Eric O'Dell were having solid seasons with Binghamton in the AHL, both atop the team's scoring leaders. While Schneider was first with 42 points in 54 games, O'Dell was second with 37 points in 50 games.
Leaving with them is also Alex Guptill, who has 24 points in 38 games with multiple teams in the ECHL. Now, only Nick Paul, Gabriel Gagne and Alex Chiasson remain from the Jason Spezza trade. And there's a strong possibility Chiasson will be on his way out this summer.
Tim Murray just won't stop until he gets every last bit of the Senators over to Buffalo.