FORMERS SPITS DEALT ON DEADLINE DAYFeb 27, 2012 - 11:34 EST
KASSIAN DEALT TO CANUCKS ON DEADLINE DAY
Mitchell, Cantin Also On The Move
Dave Ducharme WindsorSpitfires.com
The NHL Trade Deadline looked like it would come and go without a major trade. But just after 3 o'clock eastern time Monday, the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres changed all that quickly.
Looking to add size and grit to one of the league's most highly-skilled lineups, the Canucks acquired former Spitfires winger Zack Kassian, along with defenceman Marc-Andre Gragnani, in exchange for centre Cody Hodgson and defenceman Alexander Sulzer.
"I have to thank Buffalo. They did a lot for me," Kassian told TSN's James Duthie after the deal. "I'm excited to join the Canucks and to compete for a Stanley Cup."
Kassian, 21, appeared in 27 games for the Sabres in his rookie season, putting up three goals and four assists for seven points along with 20 penalty minutes.
MITCHELL A DUCK
Two-time Memorial Cup champion Dale Mitchell was also on the move Monday.
Mitchell, 22, was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for D Mark Fraser. He appeared in two games with the AHL Toronto Marlies this season and 35 games with the East Coast Hockey League's Reading Royals, where he put up 16 goals and 15 assists along with 47 penalty minutes.
Mitchell is expected to report to Anaheim's AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.
He was selected in the 3rd round, 74th overall, by the Maple Leafs in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
CANTS ON THE ISLAND
Formers Spits defenceman Marc Cantin, a key cog in the second of our back-to-back Memorial Cup championships in 2010, was dealt from Boston to the New York Islanders on deadline day, in a trade that sent veteran forward Brian Rolston to the Bruins.
This season, Cantin suited up in 19 games for Boston's AHL club in Providence and another 16 for the ECHL's Reading Royals.
He was signed to a three-year entry level contract by the Bruins back on March 23, 2011.