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Sabres acquire Torres - 03-03-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The Sabres have acquired forward Raffie Torres in exchange for defenseman Nathan Paetsch and a conditional second-round draft pick.

Torre, 28, has 31 points (19 goals, 12 assists) in 60 games this season. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Paetsch, 26, has two points (one goal, one assist) in 11 NHL games this season. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

EN Says: We like this move quite a bit for the Sabres. They bring in an element of toughness to a roster which has lacked that for quite some time. And he's capable of being a second-liner. He's capable of hitting the 20-goal mark, he hits and he goes to the net. His biggest downside if his health. As a result of his playing style, he tends to get dinged up quite a bit.

Torres had been connected to Penguins in rumors.

For the Blue Jackets, the move makes sense. They're not returning to the playoffs. Torres is a free agent after the season. They move him off the roster and get a pretty high draft pick. Paetsch is a borderliner NHL player.

(Photo: Jay LaPrete/Associated Press)

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