Sabres acquire defenceman Montour in trade with Ducks
The Ducks acquired defenceman Brendan Guhle, a promising play-making prospect, and a 2019 first-round draft pick in a deal struck a day before the NHL's trade deadline.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sabres coach Phil Housley's blue line received another injection of speed and
Montour joins Buffalo's group of
The Ducks acquired
Anaheim conditionally acquired the first-round pick Buffalo acquired in trading Evander Kane to the San Jose Sharks a year ago. However, the Ducks will have the option to land the first-round pick Buffalo acquired in trading Ryan O'Reilly to St. Louis last summer.
Buffalo elected to land a proven player in the third-year and 24-year-old Montour rather than wait for the 21-year-old Guhle to continue developing in the minors.
"Brandon is a young, offensive-minded
Montour has five goals — three on the power play — and 20 assists in 62 games this season. And his 25 points led Ducks
Buffalo remains in the playoff picture despite going 12-18-6 since a 10-game winning streak in November. The Sabres began the day in 10th place, six points behind Carolina, which holds the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot.
Guhle is a swift, play-making
He ranked second among AHL Rochester
Guhle was the odd man out for much of this season with Buffalo carrying between seven and eight
"Brendan Guhle is an excellent skater who is ready to take the next step in his career," GM and interim head coach Bob Murray said. "Adding Guhle and a first-round pick is an important step as we retool our team moving forward."
In a separate move, the Ducks acquired minor league
Sieloff has two goals in two NHL games since being selected by Calgary in the second round of the 2012 draft. He had a goal and eight assists in 45 games with Ottawa's AHL affiliate this season.
Gibbons joins his fifth NHL team since the undrafted free agent broke into the league with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013-14. He's also played for Columbus and New Jersey, and had two goals and three assists in 44 games with the Ducks this season. Overall, Gibbons has 19 goals and 34 assists for 53 points in 169 career games.
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John Wawrow, The Associated Press