A logjam on the blue line and a cap crunch led to Marco Scandella's trade from Minnesota to Buffalo, where he's expected to play a top-four role and help improve the team's penalty kill. Scandella appeared in 71 games with the Wild last season, but the former double-digit-goal scorer finished the season with just four markers, 13 total points and a minus-2 rating -- shocking on a team that had multiple players post ratings north of plus-30 -- while seeing his ice time cut back by more than two minutes per game. he'll see more action in Buffalo on a relatively young blue line, though, maybe even serving as Rasmus Ristolainen's stay-at-home complement on the top pairing. With the 27-year-old's modest offensive abilities are more than counterbalanced by his commitment to defensive play, it's unwise to expect a major spike in scoring from Scandella.
Scandella (hip) will not play during the weekend, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports. Scandella's hip is still bothering him after going under the knife over the summer and being put through tough skates during the first few days of training camp. There's no reason to panic and Scandella should be ready to go for their season opener against the Habs on Oct. 5.
Scandella (hip) will not play in Buffalo's preseason opener against Carolina on Monday, The Buffalo News reports. Scandella had surgery on his left hip over the summer, and head coach Phil Housley said he's just "a little sore." The word out of Buffalo is that pace at camp has been very high with a particular emphasis on skating. It's not entirely surprising, considering Housley's preferred up-tempo style of play. Scandella also missed Sunday's skate but his hip is not believed to be a major issue and he should be ready to go for the season opener on Oct. 5.
Scandella (hip) will be healthy for the start of training camp. Scandella will have a chance to make a good impression on his new squad right away. He's not known for his offensive production, having recorded just four goals and nine assists last season, but he holds his own in the defensive zone and breaks the puck out well. The 27-year-old defenseman is projected as a second-pairing blueliner, a role in which he'll see about 19 minutes of ice time a game and help immensely on the penalty kill.
Scandella (hip) was shipped to Buffalo from Minnesota on Friday -- along with Jason Pominville and a fourth-round pick in 2018 -- in a swap for Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno and a third-round pick in 2018, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports. Scandella is still recovering from offseason hip surgery, but is expected to be ready in time for training camp. The 27-year-old registered just four goals and nine helpers on the year and ended 2016-17 on a 20-game pointless streak. The Sabres clearly didn't bring in the blueliner for his offensive contributions -- his career high is only 23 points -- but he should get more ice time than he did last season with Minnesota -- 18:20 per game. He provides a much-needed defensive presence for a Sabres defense that ranked among the worst in the league last year, and should be a staple on the penalty kill. The Sabres are now pretty stacked with left-shot defensemen in Jake McCabe, veteran Josh Gorges, newly acquired Nathan Beaulieu and promising rookie Brendan Guhle to go along with Scandella.
Scandella (hip) was left unprotected by the Wild ahead of Wednesday's expansion draft, TSN reports. Scandella is coming off a relatively disappointing season, as he was only able to accumulate 13 points, 50 hits and 85 blocked shots across 71 games for the Wild. He's currently going into the third year of a five-year pact and is scheduled to make $4 million, so it remains to be seen if Vegas will for sure be interested in the 27-year-old defenseman. Despite undergoing offseason arthroscopic surgery on his hip in May, Scandella is fully expected to be at full strength for the 2017-18 campaign.
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