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Sabres acquire Fasching, Deslauriers from Kings for McNabb, Parker, two second-round picks

By John Vogl

The Sabres' first deal of trade-deadline day involves a player who is not on their roster.

Rochester defenseman Brayden McNabb, who has played 37 games with Buffalo over the last three seasons, Jonathan Parker and two second-round picks have been sent to Los Angeles for prospects Hudson Fasching and Nicolas Deslauriers. The picks originally belonged to L.A. and came to Buffalo in the Robyn Regehr trade.

The Sabres selected McNabb in the third round of the 2009 NHL draft, and the 6-foot-4, 207-pound defenseman has shown a physical presence in Buffalo and signs of offensive talent in Rochester. But the Sabres are stacked on defense with prospects Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe and Nikita Zadorov, and they need to balance that with offense.

The Kings selected Fasching in the fourth round in 2013. The right winger has 12 goals and 27 points in 31 games during his first season with the University of Minnesota. The 6-2, 207-pound Fasching has excelled in the U.S. National Team Development Program.

Deslauriers, selected in the third round in 2009, is in his third season with the Kings' minor-league team. The 6-foot, 230-pound used to be a defenseman but moved to forward and has 18 goals and 39 points in 60 games this season.

Ruhwedel, Porter join Sabres; Pysyk, McNabb, Adam headed back to Rochester

By John Vogl

Ted Nolan has taken a look at his defensemen lately, rotating players in and out to get a feel for who belongs where.

It appears Mark Pysyk and Brayden McNabb belong in Rochester for now.

Pysyk, McNabb and forward Luke Adam will all return to the Amerks, the team announced this morning.

Pysyk is averaging 19:55 of ice time during his rookie year, much of which was spent on the No. 1 pair with Christian Ehrhoff. But Pysyk's role has diminshed under Nolan.

"You could tell he was a special kid, but still he’s just a kid," Nolan said on his radio show on WGR. "We’ve got to really look at his development and how we’re going to move forward here."

Adam had one goal and no assists in nine games with the Sabres after 13 goals and 18 points in 15 games with Rochester. McNabb has an even rating in five appearances with the Sabres.

To take their places, the Sabres have recalled forward Kevin Porter and defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. Porter has no points and a minus-6 rating in nine games with the Sabres this season. He had six goals and 10 points in 13 games with the Amerks

Ruhwedel, who joined the Sabres at the end of last year as a college free agent, has four goals, 10 assists and a plus-2 rating in 26 games with Rochester.

McNabb back for Sabres, who are set to host Rangers; Buffalo agrees to loan Grigorenko to Russia

By John Vogl

Brayden McNabb's stay in Rochester was short but eventful. He's back in Buffalo this morning.

The Sabres sent the defenseman to the minors earlier this week so he could play for the Amerks on Wednesday. It went extremely well with McNabb scoring once and adding two assists with a plus-2 rating, more than enough to be named the First Star of Rochester's 6-1 win over Utica.

He's still not expected to be in the lineup tonight when the Sabres host the New York Rangers in First Niagara Center.

Sabres center Mikhail Grigorenko, meanwhile, will play for Russia in the world junior championships. The story was reported Wednesday, and the Sabres made the official announcement this morning.

Here are a few morning notes before the Rangers' only visit:

*The Sabres will try to get points in three straight games for the first time this season.

*Drew Stafford has seven points, including six goals, in his last six games against the Rangers.

*Ryan Miller is 8-3-4 in his last 16 games against the Rangers with a .938 save percentage and a goals-against average of 1.96.

*The Rangers and Sabres have been separated by one goal in nine of their last 16 meetings, including five that required overtime.

*The Rangers' power play is 4 for 13 (30.8 percent) in the last four games.

*Brad Richards and Ryan McDonagh enter tonight's game with a four-game point streak.

*The Rangers are tied for first in the Eastern Conference and third in the NHL with nine road wins this season

John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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