Wild add punch up front, deal for Matt Moulson, Cody McCormick
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A day after obtaining a backup goalie, Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher added some punch up front by obtaining left winger Matt Moulson and center Cody McCormick from the Buffalo Sabres.
The Wild's move came just before the trade deadline on Wednesday afternoon and sent fourth-line winger Torrey Mitchell, a second-round pick in 2014 and second-rounder in 2016 to the Sabres. The second-round pick for this year had been acquired from Winnipeg.
Moulson, 30, has 17 goals and 38 points in 55 games this season. McCormick, who also is 30, will add some toughness to the Wild. He has a goal and four assists in 29 games this season to go along with 45 penalty minutes. McCormick has been assessed 503 penalty minutes in 358 career games.
Moulson scored 30 or more goals for three consecutive seasons from 2009-10 through 2011-12 for the New York Islanders and did not miss a game in that time.
He had six goals and three assists in 11 games with the Islanders this season before being traded to Buffalo. Moulson had 11 goals and 18 assists in 44 games with the woeful Sabres. His 17 goals will be the third most on the Wild behind Jason Pominville (22), another former Sabres forward, and Zach Parise (21).
Would like to thank my teammates, the @BuffaloSabres and fans of Buffalo for the great treatment over the past couple months— Matt Moulson (@MMoulson) March 5, 2014
My family and I are extremely excited to start another chapter of our lives with the incredible state of Minnesota and the @mnwild— Matt Moulson (@MMoulson) March 5, 2014
Moulson, who is in the final season of his contract, was dealt to Buffalo in late October in a trade that saw winger Thomas Vanek go to the Islanders.
Vanek, who played college hockey for the Gophers and is expected to be a target of the Wild in free agency this summer, was traded again on Wednesday. This time he was shipped to Montreal for a second-round pick and forward Sebastien Collberg. The Islanders likely took far less than they wanted for Vanek because he will be seen as nothing more than a rental player by Montreal.
Mitchell had one goal and eight assists in 58 games this season.