Add scoring at center in second deal with Vancouver

Sabres trade Gaustad to Nashville for 1st RD pick

February 27, 2012 Updated Feb 28, 2012 at 9:23 AM EDT

By WKBW News

February 27, 2012 Updated Feb 28, 2012 at 9:23 AM EDT

Buffalo ( It took until right before the expiration of the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday but it turned out to be a productive day for Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier.

The Sabres traded Paul Gaustad to Nashville in exchange for a first round pick on Monday. The long-time center was packaged with a fourth round pick in 2013 and sent to the Predators for a first round selection in this years draft. The move gives the Sabres two first round picks for the entry draft in June.

The Sabres were also able to pull off a deal with the Vancouver Canucks. Regier sent former first round pick Zack Kassian and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani to Vancouver in exchange for rookie center Cody Hodgson and defenseman Alex Sulzer. Hodgson should add plenty of offense at a position of need for the Sabres. The center had 16 goals and 33 points in 63 games this year for Vancouver.

The moves came with the Sabres heading to the airport for the start of a four game west coast swing. The Sabres play in Anaheim on Wednesday.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.