Sabres Acquire Raffi Torres

General Manager Darcy Regier only made two moves at the deadline, which is not unusual for him. The first was acquiring forward Raffi Torres from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Nathan Paetsch and a second round pick.

Torres becomes the Sabres leader in goals with 19 and is considered to be one of Buffalo’s top six forwards. Torres was a first round pick by the Islanders back in 2000. He has had at least 30 points four times in his career.

Torres weighs just under 220 pounds and could be just what the Sabres needed, especially considering that Paul Gaustad is out for at least a week.

The other move Regier made was sending Clarke MacArthur to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for a third and fourth round pick. MacArthur has 26 points this season and had played for the Sabres since 2006.

Torres will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, so there is a good chance Buffalo won’t sign him.

Although Regier didn’t do much, he did get a solid winger to try and improve the team. The goaltender situation will remain the same with Ryan Miller and Patrick Lalime working between the pipes.

Kevin Freiheit
Kevin Freiheit
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