Sabres trade Stewart to Wild, Mitchell and Flynn to Canadiens


The Sabres continued their overhaul on Deadline Day moving spare parts to contenders. Forward Chris Stewart went to the Wild for a 2017 second round pick. Stewart has 11 goals and 14 assists. Most coming in the past two months following heavy criticism from coach Ted Nolan, who called Stewart ‘lazy.’ Not exactly the kind of label you want to have headed into unrestricted free agency.

Stewart will get a chance to increase his market value with the Wild, who currently are in the second wildcard with 73 points. Three clear of Calgary and Los Angeles, who are battling for third in the Pacific. The Flames were dealt a big blow losing Norris front runner Mark Giordano for the season with a torn biceps.

Buffalo continued to remain active unloading Michal Neuvirth to the Islanders for Chad Johnson and a 2016 third round pick. This from a team that already traded Jhonas Enroth to Dallas for Anders Lindback. So, their goalies are two average backups for the rest of the season as they continue their tank push towards Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. Is this really good for the NHL? Never mind.

The Sabres kept the wheel going sending Torrey Mitchell to arch rival Montreal for forward Jack Nevins and a 2016 seventh round pick. Who is Nevins and does he have any chance of being a regular? It’s bad enough that Buffalo purged both goalies but they even helped out the hated Canadiens in their Cup chase. Imagine that happening between the Devils and Rangers. The two Hudson rivals have never made a single trade.

They weren’t done also sending character forward Brian Flynn to the Canadiens for a 2016 fifth round pick. So, both Mitchell and Flynn go from the worst team in NHL history to a Stanley Cup contender with the most points in the East. Not bad. If they win a Cup, will Buffalo get a share? Don’t answer that.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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2 Responses to Sabres trade Stewart to Wild, Mitchell and Flynn to Canadiens

  1. hasan4978 says:

    Buffalo is still only three points ‘ahead’ of Edmonton and four ahead of Arizona, who blew it up themselves. I can’t wait till next year when the lottery is the top three and you don’t get as easily rewarded for tanking without TWO franchise players. No question having the absolute worst record this year is a benefit since you can’t drop below two.

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