Wayne Simmonds is on the move again.
The Devils sent the pending unrestricted free agent to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in 2021, the team announced ahead of Monday’s 3 PM trade deadline.
Simmonds, who signed a one-year contract with the Devils as a free agent in July of 2019, was with New Jersey for less than seven months. The 31-year-old right winger posted 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) through 61 games so far this season.
The Devils, currently at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division, continue to follow the rebuilding track.
On Feb. 16, The Devils dealt center Blake Coleman to the Lightning in exchange for prospect Nolan Foote, a 2019 first-round pick. They also traded their captain of five years, Andy Greene, to the Islanders the same day for another prospect, David Quenneville, and a second-rounder in 2021. Those deals were preceded exactly two months earlier when they sent 2018 MVP Taylor Hall to the Coyotes for a haul of draft picks and prospects.
New Jersey interim GM Tom Fitzgerald wasn’t done, trading defenseman Sami Vatanen to the Carolina Hurricanes just before the deadline for a reported second-round pick and 21-year-old Finnish forward Janne Kuokkanen. Goalie Louis Dominque was dealt to Vancouver for fellow netminder Zane McIntyre.
With the trade to Buffalo, Simmonds is now onto his third team since the Flyers traded him to the Predators at the trade deadline last season. The Ontario native was awarded the Mark Messier Leadership award at the end of last year, becoming the first and only player to win the award for a season in which he was traded.
Simmonds is in the midst of his 12th NHL season. He’s just two points shy of the 500-point career mark after appearing in 902 total games.