By John Vogl
Corey Tropp's four-year stay in the Sabres' organization is over.
Columbus claimed the right winger on waivers today, 24 hours after Buffalo let him loose to acquire right wing Matt D'Agostini.
The Sabres selected Tropp in the third round of the 2007 draft. He totaled three goals and nine points in 43 games with the Sabres while also playing for their minor-league clubs in Portland and Rochester. He missed nearly all of last season with a knee injury suffered in Rochester's opener.
The 24-year-old Tropp couldn't escape a fourth-line role under new coach Ted Nolan. He had one assist and a minus-8 rating in nine games this season.
"You’re happy for the young guy," Nolan said after today's optional holiday practice in First Niagara Center. "That’s unfortunate that we don’t have enough positions or room for him right now. It’s good for him to be picked up by somebody else and get his career going there. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t happening here at that moment. You take a chance, and now it’s good for Corey."
To hear more from Nolan, including his thoughts on D'Agostini, click the audio file below.