Colts Lemieux dealt to Winnipeg Jets in blockbuster deal
The Winnipeg Jets announced they have acquired defenceman Tyler Myers, forwards Drew Stafford, Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux, as well as a first round draft choice in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenceman Zach Bogosian, forward Evander Kane, and goaltender Jason Kasdorf.
The Jets have also announced they have re-assigned forward Patrice Cormier to the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League.
Myers, 25, has played in 365 career games with the Buffalo Sabres, who originally drafted the defenceman 12th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft. The native of Calgary, AB has collected 151 career points (45G, 106A) and 256 penalty minutes over six seasons with the Sabres. Myers was honoured with the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year in 2009-10 when he posted 48 points (11G, 37A) while playing in all 82 games of his inaugural season.
Stafford, 29, is a veteran of 563 NHL games over nine seasons with the Buffalo Sabres. In that time, the native of Milwaukee, WI has compiled 322 points (145G, 177A) and 327 penalty minutes. Stafford was originally selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round, 13th overall, of the 2004 NHL Draft.
Armia, 21, is playing in his second professional season in North America spending the last two seasons with the AHL’s Rochester Americans. While with Rochester, Armia collected 52 points (17G, 35A) and 69 penalty minutes over 87 games. The Finnish product played his first and only NHL game with the Sabres on Dec. 23/14 versus the Detroit Red Wings. Buffalo selected Armia in the first round, 16th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Lemieux, 18, was recently drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round, 31st overall, of the 2014 NHL Draft. The Buckingham, QC native is currently in his third season with the OHL’s Barrie Colts where he’s scored 35 goals in 46 games played this season. Over three seasons with Barrie, Lemieux has posted 117 points (68G, 49A) and 317 penalty minutes in 153 games played.