It was an interesting trade that caught many by surprise this week, including one of the players involved. 

The Minnesota Wild shipped veteran forward Eric Staal off to the Buffalo Sabres for forward Marcus Johansson. 

Staal had just updated his no trade list and didn't include Buffalo because he never thought the Sabres would ever trade for him, however now he's a Sabre. 

According to NHL insider Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, he could have been a Bruin.

"The Sabres were not on his 10-team no-trade list, I think, because he didn’t expect them to be a pursuer. Staal turned down multiple trade ideas in the past two seasons (Boston was one), all from contenders."

We heard that the Bruins and Wild were possibly working out a deal to land Staal a couple of years ago, instead the Bruins eventually ended up with Charlie Coyle. 

Would you have liked to see Staal in a Bruins' uniform?


Source: Elliotte Friedman