The Sabres have found a winger after making a trade with the Rangers for Jimmy Vesey.
We have acquired forward Jimmy Vesey from the @NYRangers in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 1, 2019
Vesey, 26, is coming off a season in which he tallied a career-high 35 points while matching his best goal-scoring output of 17.
The left winger has one year remaining on the two-year deal he signed with New York in 2018. He has a cap hit of $2.275 million.
Vesey became expendable, more or less, when New York selected Finnish teenager Kaapo Kakko with the second overall pick in the NHL Draft last month.
The Sabres, who relinquished a 2021 third-round pick for Vesey, have reportedly been looking around for a second-line center and a winger over the last few weeks, and with New York’s depth at the position, a move for Vesey was possible.
The signing of Jeff Skinner to an eight-year, $72 million deal this offseason has done a lot to encourage Buffalo fans this team is trying to win now and not simply trade assets to build for the future.
Buffalo started off the season very well last year, even going on a 10-game winning streak at one point, but it struggled to close out the year and finished with the fourth-worst record in the Eastern Conference.