It appears the Minnesota Wild have a love fest with Buffalo Sabres players, a little odd since the Sabres couldn’t win with them but maybe the Wild can. Plus if they’re willing to deal who’s to stop them? When it seemed like it wasn’t possible, the Buffalo Sabres managed to find a deal for their last standing UFA.
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Moulson has 17 goals and 21 assists so far this season with time split between the Buffalo Sabres and the New York
Islanders and provides the Wild with pure goal scoring and yet another new Buffalo Sabre.
Torrey Mitchell had asked for a trade out of Minnesota as he looks for a change of scenery after being given a rough ride with the Wild. Mitchell was drafted 126th overall by the San Jose Sharks in 2004 but has been plagued by injury since coming into the league. He has 81 points in 325 career games.
The Buffalo Sabres acquired Moulson from the New York Islanders in exchange for Thomas Vanek earlier this season in the last deal Darcy Regier made before the axe fell. While there had been talk about the Sabres re-signing Moulson instead of trading him, but Tim Murray and the Sabres leaned towards trading the pure scoring winger.
Depending on who the picks become the Buffalo Sabres have flipped Thomas Vanek for a bunch of draft picks to help the future of the team which is pretty good considering what the Islanders got for Vanek today. Mitchell will be a character guy for the Sabres going forward through the rebuild.
There was potential to re-sign Moulson, but Murray wanted to flip him for future assets.