In what has become somewhat of a Trade Deadline Day tradition, the Minnesota Wild has acquired a forward from the Buffalo Sabres. The club acquired forward Chris Stewart from Buffalo in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
It’s the third straight season General Manager Chuck Fletcher has struck a deal at the trade deadline to bring a forward to the State of Hockey via the Sabres.
The Wild is very familiar with Stewart. The wing started his career with the Colorado Avalanche and played for the St. Louis Blues before being moved to the Sabres. He’s glad to be back in the Central Division.
“Coming back to the West, that’s my kind of hockey,” Stewart said to Sportsnet’s Trade Deadline show. TSN broke the news of the deal to the forward on live television.
The wing has scored 126 goals and 127 assists in 443 games with the Avs, Blues and Sabres. He was selected in the first round (18th overall) in the 2006 Draft. He notched a career-high 64 points (28-36=64) with the Avs in 2009-10. In Buffalo this season, he totaled 25 points (11-14=25) in 61 games.
With the Sabres clear sellers at the deadline, there was speculation that Stewart would be moved all season. The forward his happy to be joining a team amidst the playoff hunt in the West.
“Every game is going to count and I’m going to bring it every night,” Stewart said. “I think it’s going to be a fresh start. I’m excited.”