How the Oilers will fill out their defense with depth and depth at forward
Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Hendricks is the first unrestricted free agent to be traded to the Buffalo Sabres, which has agreed to a deal that will send forward Andrew Ference and center Brian Boyle to the Sabres.
Hendricks, who has played in six games for the Oilers this season, was acquired by Buffalo in a deal with Calgary on July 1.
Hicks, 28, has scored 15 goals and added 18 assists for 31 points in 72 games with the Edmonton Oilers this year.
He is the second forward acquired by the Sabres this summer.
Hockey’s Future reported Tuesday that the Oilers have agreed to terms with defenseman Mark Barberio, a 23-year-old who is coming off a breakout season with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Barberio has scored 30 goals and 35 assists for 47 points in 68 games with Buffalo.
The Sabres are expected to receive forward Jordan Eberle and defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, along with two prospects, in return for Barberio.
The Sabres have also agreed to send forward Michael Del Zotto, center Ryan Murray and defenseman Zach Bogosian to the Islanders for forward Mikhail Grabovski.
The Islanders acquired defenseman Nikolai Kulemin and forward J.T. Compher in a July 1 trade with the Sabres and will receive forward Zach Bogo, defenseman Andrew MacDonald, defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, forward Zach Nastasiuk, forward Taylor Raddysh, defenseman Erik Gudbranson, forward Kevin Labanc and a third-round draft pick in 2018.