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Sabres send Halak, third-round pick to Washington for Neuvirth, Klesla

By John Vogl

Aside from claiming Cory Conacher on waivers and a deal for prospects, it was a quiet day in Buffalo -- until the trade deadline struck at 3 p.m.

The Sabres, according to a News source, sent Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to the Minnesota Wild for undisclosed draft picks and forward Torrey Mitchell. Buffalo followed that by shipping goaltender Jaroslav Halak and a third-round pick in 2015 to Washington for goalie Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla.

Like Moulson, Halak is a pending unrestricted free agent. The goaltender was part of Friday's deal that sent Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to St. Louis. He never played for Buffalo but served as Jhonas Enroth's backup Monday in Dallas.

Neuvirth, 25, has played 13 games for the Capitals this season. He is 4-6-2 with a 2.82 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. Neuvirth has one year left on his contract, which has a cap hit of $2.5 million.

Klesla was selected fourth overall in 2000 and was acquired from Phoenix earlier today. He has appeared in 659 games, including 25 with the Coyotes this season. The 31-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.


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