Wild Trade Pominville, Scandella, For Buffalo’s Ennis 02 Jul 17

Wild Trade Pominville, Scandella To Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Former Sabres captain Jason Pominville is returning to Buffalo after being acquired along with defenseman Marco Scandella in a four-player trade with the Minnesota Wild.

In exchange, the Wild acquired forwards Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno as well as Buffalo’s third-round pick in next year’s draft. The trade was struck on Friday, a day before the NHL’s free-agency signing period opens.

The Sabres addressed a considerable need on defense in adding Scandella. A defensive-minded player, he has seven seasons of NHL experience, in which he has 27 goals and 89 points in 373 games.

Pominville returns to Buffalo after the Sabres traded him to Minnesota in a multiplayer trade in April 2013.

Ennis is a playmaking forward whose production has been hampered by injuries over the past few seasons. Foligno scored a career-best 13 goals in his fourth full season with Buffalo last year.

Wild Announce Signings Of Six Players
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have three new defensemen and three new forwards.

Forwards Landon Ferraro and Cal O’Reilly signed two-year contracts Saturday and will be paid $700,000 if they’re playing in the NHL and $375,000 if playing in the AHL. Forward Kyle Rau agreed to a one-year contract for $700,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in the AHL. Rau played 24 games last year with the Florida Panthers.

Meanwhile, defenseman Kyle Quincey signed a one-year contract for $1.25 million. He played with the New Jersey Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets last season.

Defensemen Alex Grant and Ryan Murphy signed one-year contracts. Grant and Murphy will earn $700,000 in the NHL and $300,000 and $350,000 respectively in the AHL.

Kuemper Signs With Kings
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Goalie Darcy Kuemper has agreed to a one-year, $650,000 deal with the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings announced the deal Saturday.

Kuemper had spent his entire career with the Minnesota Wild, who drafted him in the sixth round in 2009. He never managed to win the full-time starting job in Minnesota, and he has been a backup since Minnesota acquired Devan Dubnyk in January 2015.

Kuemper is likely to compete with Jack Campbell and Jeff Zatkoff for the Kings’ backup job behind Jonathan Quick. Los Angeles traded Peter Budaj to Tampa Bay last season for Ben Bishop, who signed with the Dallas Stars before free agency began.

The Kings also recently signed Notre Dame goalie Cal Petersen to a two-year deal