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Sabres make multiple deals, including trading Moulson to Minnesota

The Buffalo Sabres made a handful of deals at the trade deadline Wednesday.

In one with Minnesota, the Sabres sent Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to the Wild in exchange for Torrey Mitchell and two second-round picks.

The Sabres also acquired goalie Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla from the Capitals in exchange for Jaroslav Halak and a third-round pick in 2015.

Earlier in the day, the Sabres acquired prospects Hudson Fasching and Nicolas Deslauriers from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Brayden McNabb, Jonathan Parker and two second-round picks.

Fasching has played well for the Gophers, ranking third on the team and seventh in the Big Ten with 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) through 31 games. He spent the last two seasons with the U.S. National Development Team notching 32 points in 62 games.

The Wild’s draft picks coming back to Buffalo in the Moulson trade are second-rounders in 2014 and 2016, a source said. One of Minnesota’s picks was previously acquired from Winnipeg.

Moulson, a pending unrestricted free agent, was the Sabres’ top name available at the NHL trade deadline.

In a tweet Wednesday after the trade was announced, Moulson wrote: “Would like to thank my teammates, the @BuffaloSabres and fans of Buffalo for the great treatment over the past couple months.”

Acquired from the Islanders as part of the deal that sent Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders, Moulson had 11 goals and 29 points in 44 games with the Sabres. Moulson, who has scored at least 30 goals three times, also had six goals and nine points in 11 games with New York this year.

Mitchell, a 29-year-old forward, has played 383 games and has 35 goals and 90 points. He has one year left on his contract with a cap hit of $1.9 million and a salary of $2.5 million.


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