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We have a trade to announce: Sabres trade Gaustad to Nashville for first-round pick

Feb 27, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

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Shortly after getting Andrei Kostitsyn from Montreal, the Predators added another forward prior to the trade deadline in Paul Gaustad (from Buffalo.)

Gaustad, a pending UFA, has seven goals and 10 assists in 56 games. The big 30-year-old center should fit in nicely with a team that’s already one of the toughest to play against.

The Predators also got a fourth-round pick in the deal; however, they had to send a valuable first-round pick to the Sabres to get it done.

Nashville acquired defenseman Hal Gill last week, and combined with today’s deals, it’s clear GM David Poile is trying to send a message to Ryan Suter and Shea Weber that the organization is committed to winning. Suter is a pending UFA, and if he leaves, Weber is more likely to leave the following summer.

Now all the Preds have to do is make a deep run in the playoffs.

  1. derrico2 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Didn’t think the Sabres would get a 1st for Gaustad. Even with the extra 4th we’re sending out. Two firsts and two seconds in the upcomming draft. Could this lead to bigger trades for the Blue and Gold come the draft?

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Kuddos to the Sabres for actually getting a 1st rounder.

  3. jimazz17 - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Good luck to goose….he’s player that will win that defensive zone face off in crunch time.

  4. bensawesomeness - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Nashville’s really making a push – i like it ( but i dont want to face them in the playoffs )

  5. tribesofneurot - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    In 38 playoff games he has 0 goals.
    Is that 1st rd pick worthy?

  6. neelyisgod - Feb 27, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    And was a punching bag for Milan Lucic.

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