BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forward Jason Pominville, defenseman Marco Scandella and a 2018 4th Round pick from Minnesota in exchange for forwards Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno and a 2018 3rd Round pick, the team announced Friday.
Pominville will return to Buffalo, the same team who drafted him in the second round back in 2001. Pominville spent nine seasons with the Sabres before he was traded to Minnesota. Pominville scored 13 goals and 47 points with the Wild last season.
He has two seasons left on his deal with cap hit of $5.6 million.
Scandella, a 27-year-old defenseman, is the centerpiece for the Sabres, who desperately need help on the blue line. The left-handed defenseman had four goals and 13 points in 71 games last year, however he's had offensive success in his career. Scandella had 11 goals and 23 points in 64 games in 2014-15.
Scandella has threes seasons remaining on his contract at $4 million.
Ennis and Foligno were two of the longest-tenured Sabres. Ennis spent eight season with the team after being drafted in the first round in 2008. He is coming off two injury-plagued seasons and hasn't been able to put up the offensive numbers he once did early in his career. Ennis scored five goals and 13 points in 51 games last season. According to Spotrac, Ennis has a $4.6 million cap hit through the 2018-19 season.
Foligno on the other hand, is coming off one of his most productive NHL seasons. He had a career-high 13 goals and spent time as a top-six forward. Foligno is a restricted free agent who has a $2.25 million qualifying offer.