Buffalo Sabres Trade Away Player Moments Before Deadline
The NHL Trading Deadline has come and gone and it looked as if the Buffalo Sabres would stay still and not make a move on deadline day.
That all changed by 2 pm -- one hour before the deadline.
The Buffalo Sabres traded for Minnesota Wild forward Jordan Greenway. The Sabres gave up a 2023 second round draft pick (from Vegas) and a 2025 fifth round pick. Greenway is a 6'6'' forward who has not lived up to offensive production expectations at 26 years old, but is a physical presence and can kill penalties.
The Sabres then traded for a minor league defenseman, acquiring Austin Strand from the Anaheim Ducks organization, which should give the Rochester Amerks added depth.
Then just minutes before the 3 pm deadline, the Sabres made one last trade -- sending forward Rasmus Asplund to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2025 late round draft pick.
Asplund was the first pick in the second round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He played his first full season with Buffalo in 2021-2022 and has been a defensive center for the Sabres since entering the NHL. He also has been a penalty killer.
The acquisition of Greenway made Asplund expendable and general manager Kevyn Adams said during his post-deadline press conference that Greenway was a player they did not have -- a big, tough forward who can help contribute offensively. Adams said teams have been trying to "bully" them, which is why they went after Greenway.
Greenway was coached by Sabres head coach Don Granato at the under-18 championships and Adams says Granato was an advocate for getting Greenway into Buffalo.