New England Trades Buchanan to San Diego

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The New England Black Wolves have traded Kyle Buchanan to the San Diego Seals in exchange for two draft picks.

New England receives a 2018 2nd round pick (26th overall) as well as a third round draft pick in the 2021 draft. San Diego receives Kyle Buchanan and a third round draft pick in the 2018 draft (33rd overall). 

With this trade it makes Kyle Buchanan the first San Diego Seal as they will begin play in 2019. San Diego will be in the expansion draft with Philadelphia on July 16th. They will be able to pick from a pool of players that were not protected by the franchise played for last season.

This is an interesting trade because Kyle was going to be an unrestricted free agent on August 1st. Apparently Kyle had told the Black Wolves organization that he was going to look around during free agency. 

Buchanan has been a big part of the Black Wolves organization over his career. During the 2018 season he had nineteen goals and thirty one assist. Buchanan has been with the organization since signing with them in free agency in 2014 when the team was in Philadelphia. 

Black Wolves general manager Rich Lisk Said, "We entered this offseason with Kyle Buchanan in our future plans, but as an unrestricted free agent, Kyle informed us he wanted to explore free agency. With the expansion draft coming, we didn't want to protect Kyle who wasn't 100 percent committed to being a member of the Black Wolves. After weighing all the options, it was in the best interest of the organization to make this deal with San Diego and recoup a second round pick vs. losing Kyle for nothing in return.”