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Sabres Trade Kassian and Gragnani to Vancouver

7:30 PM, Feb 27, 2012   |    comments
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  • Cody Hodgson
  • Courtesy: US Presswire
  • Alexander Sulzer
    

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Sabres reporting they have made another trade just before the deadline on Monday, sending forward Zack Kassian and defenseman Marc Andre Gragnani to the Vancouver Canucks for center Cody Hodgson and defenseman Alexander Sulzer.

Hodgson, 22, is a former first round draft pick in 2008.  He played in 63 games for the Canucks scoring 33 points.  "I'm still in shock right now, I really don't know what to think right now but I'm excited," Hodgson told TSN shortly after the trade was made. 

"He will give us a good boost on the offensive side, we needed to address the center position," said Sabres general manager Darcy Regier. 

Hodgson was the 10th overall pick in the 2008 draft and is playing his first full NHL season.  He played with current Sabres Tyler Myers and Tyler Ennis on Canada's World Junior team. 

"I know a couple of guys on Buffalo, Tyler Ennis and Tyler Myers. It's a new opportunity and we will see what happens," said Hodgson.  "There is an opportunity there and hopefully I can do well."

Sulzer, 27, signed with the Vancouver Canucks as a unrestricted free agent last summer.  He played 12 games this season.

Kassian was the 13th overall pick of the 2009 draft.  He played 27 games this year with the Sabres, his first year in the NHL.  He had three goals and four assists. 

Regier believes current Rochester forward Marcus Foligno and defenseman Brayden McNabb can replace the size and physical play they lose by trading away Kassian. 

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