re the Sabres two-goal lead b
by, 05-06-2014 at 02:15 AM (402 Views)
The Buffalo Sabres continued to move assets for picks and the Minnesota Wild added a bona fide scoring winger to help their playoff push. Numbers Game looks into the Wild getting Matt Moulson from Buffalo. The Wild Get: LW Matt Moulson and LW Cody McCormick. Moulson, 30, has been a productive scoring winger throughout much of his career with the New York Islanders and, to a lesser degree, this season with the Buffalo Sabres, scoring 129 goals since the start of the 2009-2010 season, ranking 16th in the league over that span. He gives the Wild better complementary scoring, figuring to slot in on the second line behind Zach Parise on the left wing depth chart, perhaps with Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle, and giving Minnesota a nice offensive upgrade and while Moulson may not play as prominent a role as he did in Buffalo and New York, he could benefit from more favourable matchups as a result. Moulson, who comes at a cap hit of $3.133-million per season, will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer, so he could end up being little more than a rental, which is fine because the price paid isnt too steep. McCormick is a tough 30-year-old forward who hasnt been able to hold down a regular spot in the lineup, yet comes at a cap hit of $1.2-million (on a deal that expires this summer). He offers some depth if the Wild feel a need for fourth line toughness, but he could just as easily be a spare part. The Sabres Get: RW Torrey Mitchell and second-round picks in 2014 and 2016. Mitchell, 29, hasnt been able to live up to his contract in Minnesota, playing a little over 10 minutes per game while hes signed for a cap hit of $1.9-million per season, including a salary of $2.5-million next season. Mitchell has been crushed in possession terms, but hes also been asked to play difficult minutes, starting 34.6% of his shifts in the offensive zone. Going to Buffalo, it would be reasonable to expect Mitchell to take on a more significant role as a checking forward, playing more minutes and quite possibly handling tougher matchups defensively. Part of the reason that its possible to expect Mitchell to get a better opportunity is that his contract is a tad pricey for a fourth-liner but, like most of the forwards on the Sabres roster, Mitchell gets to use the rest of the season help establish expectations for next season. The Sabres get two more second-round picks to add to their deep pool of accumulated picks. The 2014 pick comes from Minnesota while the 2016 pick is via Winnipeg. A pair of second-round picks offer better than a 50% chance of netting an NHL player. It was no surprise that the Sabres would be moving Moulson and while Buffalo took on some salary in the deal, they added more draft picks, helping to offset the couple of second-round picks that they had included in their earlier trade with the Los Angeles Kings. Scott Cullen can be reached at [email]Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca[/email] and followed on Twitter at [url]http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen[/url]. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. [url=http://www.pascherray-ban.com/]ray ban pas cher[/url] . The Canadians dominated the contest, outshooting Russia 52-12. Laura Brooker, Jessica Pinkerton and Katia Clement-Heydra had the other goals for Canada while Tatiana Rafter added three assists. [url=http://www.pascherray-ban.com/]lunette pas cher ray ban[/url] . 17 at Soldier Field. The Hockey City Classic will be the first outdoor game in the modern era for three of the schools -- Miami, Minnesota and Notre Dame. [url=http://www.pascherray-ban.com/Collections-ot-88_Ray-Ban-Clubmaster-vv-90.html]http://www.pascherray-ban.com/Collections-ot-88_Ray-Ban-Clubmaster-vv-90.html[/url] . Louis Blues in exchange for left winger Eric Selleck. The teams announced the trade on Sunday. [url=http://www.pascherray-ban.com/]ray ban pas cher homme[/url] . The team announced the deal Wednesday night. The Rockies acquired the 27-year-old Morales and right-hander Chris Martin from the Boston Red Sox in December for infielder Jonathan Herrera. [url=http://www.pascherray-ban.com/Collections-ot-88_Ray-Ban-Wayfarer-vb-67.html]ray ban wayfarer pas cher[/url] . -- Jose Bautista kept up his torrid start to the spring, hitting two doubles and driving in two runs Thursday that sent the Toronto Blue Jays over the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5. HELSINKI, Finland -- Thomas Vanek and the Buffalo Sabres opened the NHL season with a bang Friday. Vanek scored two power-play goals and added an assist to lead the Sabres to a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks in the season opener Friday for both teams. Vanek, Buffalos leading goal-scorer the last five years, set the tone early by scoring at 4:02 in the first period. Finnish native Ville Leino, playing in his former home arena, made it 2-0 in his Sabres debut. Nate Guenin replied for Anaheim in the second before Vanek helped restore the Sabres two-goal lead by setting up Jason Pominville. Vanek then scored his second of the game later in the period. Pominville and Luke Adam both finished with two assists. "The puck was bouncing for us a bit tonight and we played a good first period with the two-goal lead," Vanek said. "We tried to get pucks to the net and it paid off early on." Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff wass happy with the way Leino played on a line with Brad Boyes and Tyler Ennis.dddddddddddd "Leino did a heck of a play, taking the puck from his own skates before scoring," Ruff said. Doing so in his first game for a new club was nothing new for Leino, who was a dominant player for Finnish team Jokerit in the same arena before leaving for the NHL. "I have done it for every team where Ive played, and was lucky to do it again," Leino said. "It was cool to do it here in Finland." Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle felt his team had allowed Buffalo an easy game. "We did not do a very good job of transferring the puck from our defence to the forwards, and had to spend the first half of the game too much in our own end," he said. "We played more as individuals in parts of the game versus a team." Anaheim hit the post twice in the third on shots by Francois Beauchemin and Luka Sbisa. ' ' '