Another advantage for Buffalo is that even in his mid-30’s, Eric Staal is a horse and comes to play. Only four games missed since 2016 with an 18:05 TOI (279 points)— The Draft Analyst (@TheDraftAnalyst) September 16, 2020
In that same span, Johansson has missed nearly 100 games and a 16:38 TOI (178 points).
Johansson carries $1.25M more of a cap hit at $4.5M.— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) September 16, 2020
Guerin acquired him to play center. He moved from LW to C in his only year in Buffalo, and that didn't go too well
A *very* strong move for Buffalo.— dom luszczyszyn (@domluszczyszyn) September 16, 2020
Eric Staal is older, yes, but he is also $1.25M cheaper and well, a lot better than Marcus Johansson. He's still a top six calibre player that can drive play well, while Johansson has declined significantly over the past few seasons. pic.twitter.com/ojaIQDFRJQ