SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired forwards Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Torrey Mitchell,asecond-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired from Winnipeg) and a second-round selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Moulson, 30 (11/1/83), has collected 38 points (17-21=38) in 55 games this season with the New York Islanders and Buffalo. He was acquired by the Sabres along with a first-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and a second-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for Thomas Vanek on Oct. 27, 2013. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of North York, Ont., owns 262 points (135-127=262) including 47 power-play goals and 16 game-winning goals in 377 career NHL games in seven seasons with Los Angeles, the New York Islanders and Buffalo. He ranks fourth in the NHL in power-play goals (47) and 16th in goals scored (129) since the start of the 2009-10 season.
He collected 44 points (15-29=44) in 47 games with the Islanders last season and ranked tied for seventh in the NHL with eight power-play goals. Moulson established career-highs in goals (36), assists (33) and points (69) with New York in 2011-12 and ranked 10th in the NHL in goals, eclipsing the 30-goal mark for the third straight season. He collected 138 points (71-67=138) in 134 games during four seasons at Cornell University (2002-06) and was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the ninth round (263rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Moulson will wear sweater No. 26 with Minnesota.
McCormick, 30 (4/18/83), has recorded five points (1-4=5), 60 hits and 45 penalty minutes (PIM) in 29 games with Buffalo this season. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound native of London, Ont., has notched 59 points (19-40=59) and 503 PIM in 358 career NHL games in nine seasons with Colorado and Buffalo. He owns four points (1-3=4) and 23 PIM in 14 career playoff games. McCormick made his NHL debut against St. Louis on Oct. 12, 2003, recorded his first NHL point with an assist at Minnesota on Oct. 16, 2003 and tallied his first career NHL goal vs. Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2003. He was originally selected by Colorado in the fifth round (144th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. McCormick will wear jersey No. 8 with Minnesota.
Mitchell, 29 (1/30/85), notched 17 points (5-12=17) and 42 PIM in 103 games with Minnesota after being signed as a free agent on July 1, 2012.