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BLOCKBUSTER: Islanders trade Johnny Boychuk to Sabres for future considerations

The Isles get quasi-cap relief, the Sabres get cap support after removing Jack Eichel.

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File this under things that aren’t terribly meaningful, but are good to know: The New York Islanders have traded the rights to Johnny Boychuk to the Buffalo Sabres for future considerations.

Boychuk is {air quotes} “retired,” but still on the books while his contract runs out after his playing career was prematurely ended due to injury. The Islanders have accounted for that the last two seasons and placed him on LTIR, which would allow them to exceed the cap if needed to replace (or really duplicate) the cap space allocated to him.

Thankfully for the Isles’ wallet and accounting (and accrual of cap space without needing more LTIR), the Buffalo Sabres suddenly found themselves in need of their own cap mule to get back to the salary cap floor after trading Jack Eichel to Vegas.

Yada yada yada, Boychuk: Buffalo Sabre, now joins illustrious similar legends such as Chris Pronger: Phoenix Coyote, and assorted things.

Boychuk had been around the Isles last season in an advisory kind of role, but Lou Lamoriello says this season he has been back home in Edmonton. He was fully aware he was about to be made a Sabre: