Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 3:25pm


The Minnesota Wild acquired winger Matt Moulson and forward Cody McCormick from the Buffalo Sabres for forward Torrey Mitchell, a second-round draft pick in 2014 and a second-round draft pick in 2016.

What does it give the Minnesota Wild
The Wild could use more offense, which is what Moulson will provide them down the stretch. Ironically, they have been linked to {P Thomas Vanek}--the player sent to the Islanders for Moulson--as a summer signing, so perhaps Moulson is merely keeping the seat warm this season. McCormick is a rugged fourth liner who will replace Mitchell and serve an energy role.

What does it give the Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres already landed a lot of future assets in the original Vanek-Moulson deal, so adding two more second rounders is gravy. Mitchell is a hard-working player who could play a little more in Buffalo than he did in Minnesota. The Sabres are in total rebuilding mode, and GM {B Tim Murray} has done very well to add futures. The previous regime helped (Vanek deal), as well.

Fantasy impact
Moulson should produce a little more in Minnesota than he did in Buffalo, but don't expect his previous production while toiling next to {P John Tavares} on Long Island. Also, Moulson's future value is up in the air because he's not likely to remain in Minnesota.

Player focus

Buffalo Sabres

a second-round draft pick in 2014

Torrey Mitchell C/RW

a second-round draft pick in 2016