Scandella 'super excited' for next chapter in Buffalo

The new Sabres defenseman is eager to get the 2017-18 season started

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July 21, 2017 - 2:58 pm

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It has been a few weeks since the Buffalo Sabres acquired left-handed defenseman Marco Scandella in a trade from the Minnesota Wild. The Sabres swung a deal on June 30 that saw Scandella, along with forward Jason Pominville, come to Buffalo in exchange for forwards Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno.

Scandella has spent his entire seven-year career with the Wild organization after being selected in the second round (55th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. The 27-year old has scored 27 goals and registered 89 points in 373 career games, including four goals and 13 points last season in Minnesota.

Scandella joined Howard Simon and Jeremy White on WGR Friday morning for his first interview in Buffalo since joining the Sabres. He is very eager to started with the Sabres and is ready for the challenge that is coming his way.

“I’m just super excited," Scandella said. "I just had hip surgery in the offseason, so just getting back from that. I’m home right now in Montreal, getting healthy. [The trade] was a little bit of a shock. It’s super exciting coming to a new team, a team with a lot of skill up front. So what’s not to be excited about?”

Joining Scandella in Buffalo is Pominville, who had spent parts of nine seasons with the Sabres and captained the team from 2011 to 2013. Scandella immediately talked to Pominville following the trade and had liked what he heard from the former Sabres captain.

“[Pominville] just told me it’s a first class organization and I’m going to love it," Scandella said. "I’m super excited to get there. I know it’s a hockey town with a lot of skill upfront. It’s just a new challenge. I feel like I’m ready for this. There’s a great opportunity to come in and make the team better so I’m super excited.”

Scandella, along with many others, recognizes the Sabres’ young group of forwards. He believes that the roster that Buffalo has is one that can compete and make some noise around the league this season. 

“Definitely some good talent, a lot of good young guys that can move the puck," Scandella said. "I think the talent is there, new coaching, new change and I think we can definitely do something with this team. I think we have a lot of talent and I think we can surprise teams this year.”

The Montreal, Quebec native knows that he is expected to improve the defensive group under head coach, Phil Housley. However, he has been waiting for this chance to have a more important role, plus he's excited that he can be closer to his family.

“I’ve been waiting for this a long time," Scandella said. "I feel like there’s going to be a great opportunity for me to take my game to the next level. I’m very happy to play in the east. My family and friends don’t have to stay up until 1 a.m. to watch my hockey games. The travel is going to be a little bit less in Buffalo; I’m going to be closer to home. So all-in-all, I’m just super excited to get to Buffalo, get to know the city, get to know the fans and be a part of this organization.”

Many believe that Scandella is a key addition to Buffalo’s roster, especially on the blue line that struggled last season. Scandella is looking to go out on the ice once the season starts and show to the fans and the organization that he can make an immediate impact with the Sabres.

“I don’t want to talk about [my game] too much. I just want to show the fans and show the city of Buffalo what I can do," Scandella said. "I definitely feel like I have another gear in my game and I think this is the perfect team to come to. We’re going to play a fast paced game. I feel like skating is a huge asset of mine, I have a big shot and I feel like I read the game very well. So, I want to show it. I don’t want to talk about it I want to show it.”

You can listen to Scandella's full interview with Howard and Jeremy below. 

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