Matt Moulson played 44 games with the Sabres. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres trade Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to Wild

BUFFALO – The Sabres have traded winger Matt Moulson and forward Cody McCormick to the Minnesota Wild for winger Torrey Mitchell and a draft pick, according to reports.

Moulson, a three-time 30-goal scorer, is an unrestricted free agent following the season. The 30-year-old’s a legitimate first-liner and a respected veteran presence.

Given the Sabres’ sorry state and his value, Moulson seemed like a goner immediately after his Oct. 27 arrival from the New York Islanders.

Moulson played decently with the Sabres, compiling 11 goals and 29 points in 44 games. He acknowledged throughout his short Buffalo tenure he knew his stay could be brief.

McCormick had 10 goals, 29 points and 253 penalty minutes in 168 games with the Sabres since 2010. The gritty 30-year-old fought regularly and played all three forward positions. He’s also unrestricted this summer.

The 29-year-old Mitchell has 35 goals, 90 points and 194 penalty minutes in 383 games with the San Jose Sharks and Minnesota. He has one goal and nine points in 58 games this season.

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