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NHL: Minnesota Wild makes big move to snag Moulson before deadline

Matt Moulson leaves the Buffalo Sabres in a new trade with the Minnesota Wild.
Matt Moulson leaves the Buffalo Sabres in a new trade with the Minnesota Wild.
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The Minnesota Wild managed to sneak in a huge last minute move before the trade deadline. On March 5, ESPN reported that the team acquired two big players from the Buffalo Sabres. Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick are now playing for the Minnesota NHL team. Chuck Flecther, the general manager for the team, said the following about the additions to the team:

We're trying to get to a place where we have at least three lines that can score and play defense. We saw this a little bit in the playoffs last year: You need to have more than one line that you can rely on.

Moulson will likely end up on the second line with Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley. The first line will consist of Zach Parise, Jason Pominville and Mikael Granlund. This is not the first trade for Moulson this season. He was traded to the Buffalo Sabres from the New York Islanders. During his time with the Sabres, he scored 17 goals, and he assisted on another 21 goals.

Right now, this NHL team is in seventh place. These last minute moves before the trade deadline are their way of trying to move up and make it into the playoffs. Moulson has his eye on the championship now. He called the Wild a 'great team' after the trade.

What do you think? Will Moulson help take the team to the playoffs?

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