Sabres acquire Simmonds from New Jersey

The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forward Wayne Simmonds from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in 2021.

Simmonds, 31, has 24 points (8+16) while averaging 15:11 in 61 games with the Devils this season. He’s tallied five points (3+2) in his last eight games.

The Scarborough, Ontario native was selected by Philadelphia in the second-round pick of the 2007 NHL Draft. Simmonds has played 902 regular-season games over 12 seasons and 44 more in the playoffs. He’s scored 20 or more goals six times, most recently in 2017-18.