Niagara Gazette —
The Buffalo Sabres saw another opportunity to restock for the future, amid a season that’s fast failing to meet expectations.
The Sabres traded their captain and a fourth-round draft pick in 2014 to the Wild before the NHL deadline on Wednesday for prospects Johan Larsson and Matt Hackett plus a first-round draft pick in 2013 and a second-round draft pick in 2014.
That’s a high price, but the Wild were willing to part with some assets for a valuable two-way player in their attempt to reach the postseason for the first time in five years. They haven’t won a playoff series since 2003.
“It’s going to involve rolling back a little bit organizationally,” Regier said. “Acquire the assets, the players, the draft picks and do it in a way that’s going to allow us to group enough young players together, or players together, in order to win a championship.”
“We played really well together. I like the way he plays. I think he’s going to help us a lot,” Parise said in San Jose, Calif., before the Wild played the Sharks. “He works hard. I just think you look at the way he’s been used. Power play, penalty kill, reliable. He puts pucks in the net, he makes plays, he gets points. I think he plays a really all-around game. That’s what we’re going to see.”