The Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres completed a seven-player minor league transaction on Saturday evening.
Going to the Sabres are forwards Alex Guptill, Eric O’Dell and Cole Schneider along with defenseman Michael Sdao. In exchange, the Sens acquire forwards Jason Akeson and Phil Varone and blue liner Jerome Leduc.
The move is likely to give both teams’ American Hockey League affiliates a shake up.
Binghamton (21-30-3), Ottawa’s affiliate, is last in the Eastern Conference while Rochester (26-26-2), Buffalo’s farm club, is 11th in the east and coming off an embarrassing 10-5 loss to the Toronto Marlies on Saturday.
Guptill, had one assist in three games with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators this season. The 23-year-old has also appeared in 38 games split between ECHL Evansville and Manchester where he has 14 goals and nine assists.
Schneider was leading Binghamton with 42 points in 54 games this season. O’Dell had a team-leading 18 goals in Binghamton and ranked second with 37 points.
Sdao had two assists and a plus-4 rating in 17 games.
According to The Buffalo News, all four players will be assigned to Rochester.
In Varone and Akeson, the Senators acquire the Americans’ top to scorers. Varone had 13 goals and 19 assists in 44 games while Akeson had eight goals and 22 assists in 52 games.
Varone has five goals and four assists in 42 career NHL games with Buffalo while Akeson has appeared in 15 career NHL games, all with Philadelphia, and has one goal and one assist.
Leduc had seven goals, nine assists to go a long with a minus-20 rating in 54 games this season.