October 24, 2021

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Stall said the reunion with Sabers GM would help with the ‘shock’ of trading from the Wild

Stall said the reunion with Sabers GM would help with the ‘shock’ of trading from the Wild

Eric Stall Kevin said his long-term relationship with Adams helped Buffalo overcome the shock of trading to the Sabers.

“When he was general manager at Buffalo, I sent him a note asking him to know well that he would be successful and do well,” the center said of Adams on Friday. “I had no idea he would do business for me in two months.”

Forward Adams, who won the Stanley Cup with Stall in the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, was selected as Sabers GM on June 16 to replace Jason Botterill. Adams’ first trade as GM is taking the stall out of the Minnesota Wild Marcus Johansson On Wednesday.

Stahl said he was shocked by the news, but began to embrace the prospect of joining Buffalo, somewhat thanks to Adams.

“It’s a very big issue,” Stall said. “I have known Kevin well for many years. He was very good to me as a young player in Carolina. I have been to his house many times as a young man. We have come very well …

“I haven’t talked to him much. It’s been a whirlwind for the last two days. But it’s definitely for him and what kind of person he is and his role is more important to me. It’s definitely a different situation than where I’ve been. Sometimes I know how things happen.

“It’s a new opportunity. I’ll be ready for it.”

Sabers (30-31-8, .493 points) finished 13th in the Eastern Conference this season and was not among the 24 teams competing for the Stanley Cup as part of the NHL Return to Play Plan. They have not qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2011; In nine seasons, it was the longest active drought in the NHL.

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Stall has 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) in 66 games with the Wild this season, and five points (one goal, four assists) in a four-game defeat at the hands of Vancouver Conx in the Best-of-5 Stanley Cup qualifiers. The 35-year-old said he had two years to sign with Minnesota on February 25, 2019, a season with $ 6.5 million (average annual value of $ 25 3.25 million) left, and that he expected anything to happen near the trade. NHL trade deadline.

Knoll 2, selected by the Hurricanes in the 2003 NHL Draft, scored 1,021 points (436 goals, 585 assists) in 1,240 games over 16 seasons with the Hurricanes, New York Rangers and Wild. He played four seasons for Minnesota, where his family treasured winter days in the backyard rink.

“I think the initial shock of everything was the biggest emotion I ever felt,” he said. “It fits me and my family very well in Minnesota. We got along really well. Not only me on the rink, but also my kids and my family. It’s very important to me. So when you get it the news type is blue, it throws you for a little loop. But over the last couple of days we have been able to process a little more.

“We still have a lot of things to do, it’s a change, but we have the flexibility to change and move forward, the same we’re going to do. We’re excited for the opportunity and the challenge ahead.”

Stahl said some of Buffalo’s young players are looking forward to the “shepherd” and he is eager to come back. Jeff Skinner, His partner with Carolina from 2010-16.

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“Sort of watching [Eric] Competition is a big thing, “Skinner told the Sabers website.” He’s the captain and sort of the face of the franchise, and we’m always been on the bubble and not a lot of the success we want, but he’s always been a driving force and always competing every night.

“It separates even the best players in the league, I think he can bring it every night, so he’s had success, and he’s been on successful teams and he’s a leader throughout his career. He brings it every night. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. “

This season, Skinner struggled for a second consecutive role, scoring 23 points (14 goals, nine assists) in 59 games after signing an eight-year, $ 72 million contract ($ 9 million AAV) on June 7, 2019. Help Skinner, a four-time 30-goal scorer, regain his form; He scored 40 NHL career-high 40 goals in 2018-19, his first season with Buffalo.

“[Skinner] A top talent, “Stall said.” His skill set is unique. His ability to find pucks in tight spaces around the net, he was very strong, his commitment to his craft. He’s a fun person to watch, he’s entertaining, so I hope I can help. We got to know each other better during our time in Carolina. I believe last year was a bit of a mess for him. I think he counts for the most part.

“For me, and not just for Jeff, but for all the guys out there, it helps to be a good teammate and help us become a team together. If you do, people will succeed, and you will go in the right direction.”

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