BREAKING: Ducks Acquire Top Four Defenseman From Buffalo

Published August 18, 2023 at 10:00 PM

The Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks have completed a trade. The Sabres have been looking to offload a defenseman after signing both Connor Clifton and Erik Johnson this offseason. They finally accomplish this in a deal with the Wild.

Lyubushkin Heads West

The Anaheim Ducks have acquired Ilya Lyubushkin from the Buffalo Sabres for a fourth-round pick:

Trade: #NHLDucks acquire D Ilya Lyubushkin.

To Anaheim: Ilya Lyubushkin

To #Sabres: 2025 4th Rd Pick (MIN)

Anaheim had previously acquired that pick at the 2023 trade deadline for John Klingberg.

Trade Analysis

The Ducks get a veteran defense-first defenseman to add to their depth. Lyubushkin will be a great depth piece for the Ducks who struggled on defense this past season and is reportedly a very good locker room guy.

For the Sabres they add a fourth-round pick while offloading a player that was at a position that was filled to the brim. Lyubushkin was a good defensive presence for the Sabres but did not fit their timeline to contend.
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BREAKING: Ducks Acquire Top Four Defenseman From Buffalo

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