Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) -- The Sabres have made a trade to bring back a familiar name.
Henrik Tallinder is back in the fold as they get him from the Devils for Riley Boychuk.
Tallinder played three season in New Jersey after leaving Buffalo as a free agent. Last season he played 25 games and was a healthy scratch in some games. In Buffalo he played 468 games after being drafted by Buffalo in the 2nd round of the 1997 draft.
Boychuk, a winger was a 7th round pick in 2010 and played 26 games in Rochester, 20 games in the East Coast League and 41 games in the Central League the past two seasons.
This appears to be a desperate attempt to bring in a 34 year old defenseman who got the best out of Tyler Myers his Calder Trophy winning season. On the other side it looks like a salary dump as Boychuk is not a NHL prospect. According to Cap Geek, the Devils only had just over $3-million of cap space left. Tallinder’s cap hit is $3.375-million. He’s in the final year of his contract. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is quoted in New Jersey as saying, "He's a regular defenseman and he wasn't playing regularly. It was a mutual understanding that I would try and do something with him. This will leave room for the kids."
Buffalo is now flooded with defensemen with Tallinder, Myers, Christian Ehrhoff, Mark Pysyk, Chad Ruhwedel, Mike Weber, Jamie McBain, Alex Sulzer and Brayden McNabb. That means maybe number one pick Rasmus Ristolainen won’t make this year’s team.