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Oilers trade McLeod to Sabres

Oilers trade McLeod to Sabres
Oilers trade McLeod to Sabres

And then there are the savings on the cap.

The Edmonton Oilers spent less on payroll and swapped forwards with the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, sending Ryan McLeod and prospect Ty Tullio east for Matthew Savoie, a St. Albert native who was selected ninth overall by Buffalo in 2022.

McLeod, 24, played 81 games for the Oilers last season, scoring 12 goals and adding 18 assists. He scored four playoff goals in the Oilers’ run to the Stanley Cup Final this spring and is expected to receive $2.1 million in salary next season.

The deal gives the Oilers $354,167 more than the National Hockey League’s $88 million salary cap, with Savoie’s entry-level contract in the minor leagues.

The Oilers signed several free agents on July 1, putting them over the NHL salary cap.

Savoie, 20, played most of last season with the junior Moose Jaw Warriors. He also played one NHL game with the Sabres and six with their American Hockey League affiliate.

The 22-year-old Tullio, a fifth-round draft pick by Edmonton in 2020, spent the past two seasons with the Oilers’ minor league club, AHL Bakersfield.