Jason Pominville

Sabres acquire Pominville, Scandella in trade with Wild

The Buffalo Sabres began transforming their underperforming defense by acquiring Marco Scandella in a trade with the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

Former Sabres captain Jason Pominville's returning to Buffalo, too.

In exchange, the Wild acquired forwards Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno in a trade struck a day before the NHL's free-agency signing period opens. The teams also swapped 2018 draft picks, with Minnesota picking up a third-round selection in exchange for a fourth-round pick.

Scandella was the key addition for Buffalo, which is undergoing an offseason transformation under new general manager Jason Botterill and first-time coach Phil Housley. Scandella is a...