Monday, February 29, 2016

McGinn Heads to Anaheim

2016 2016 2017
To Anaheim POS GP G/W P Cap Status
Jamie McGinn F 63 14 27 $2.95 mil UFA
To Buffalo POS GP G/W P Cap Status
Conditional 3rd Round Draft Pick

The last of the pool relevant deals on this trade deadline day went between the Buffalo Sabres and the Anaheim Ducks, where another player that seemingly came out of nowhere earned a team a decent return in a trade.

The Sabres acquired Jamie McGinn in the same deal that brought Ryan O'Reilly to town, almost like a throw-in for the deal and the Sabres were obviously quite pleased with what they got.  Thanks to a decent year and unrestricted free agency looming, McGinn became a pretty good rental option for a playoff bound team... enter the Ducks.

As the day wore on, the prices seemingly went down a little bit, as the Ducks managed to pick up the depth scoring forward for a conditional 3rd round pick, which likely improves upon how far the Ducks go into the playoffs.  Anaheim is certainly one of those teams to watch down the stretch and into the playoffs, because they may have a strong chance at going far.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings may have something to say about that though.

ImplicationsMcGinn was a Waiver Draft pick-up of Stacey M.'s in Week Eighteen and since becoming active, he has posted 4 points in 10 games with the Sabres.  That's little consolation to Stacey's team, which is really hurting from injuries and on the verge of not being able to escape last place in the standings.

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