Erik Johnson skates Wednesday morning in Toronto. ©2024, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres trade Erik Johnson to Flyers; Buffalo makes final deal

BUFFALO – The Sabres this afternoon traded veteran defenseman Erik Johnson to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2024.

The Sabres scratched Johnson, 35, the last five games to protect their asset before this afternoon’s deadline.

After signing a one-year, $3.25 million contract as a free agent, Johnson, who won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2022, compiled three goals and three points in 50 games with the Sabres.

Dealing Johnson possibly gives him an another chance to compete in the playoffs. Right now, the Flyers rank third in the Metropolitan Division.

This is the Sabres’ second trade today. They dealt captain Kyle Okposo to the Florida Panthers earlier today.

Update: The Sabres have traded Rochester Americans goalie Devin Cooley to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2025.

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