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Blue Jackets deal forward Torres to Sabres for Paetsch and draft pick @NHLdotcom

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets have dealt forward Raffi Torres to the Buffalo Sabres for defenceman Nathan Paetsch and a second-round draft pick.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson announced the trade shortly before the NHL trade deadline of 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Torres, 28, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, had 19 goals and 12 assists for the Blue Jackets in 60 games this season. He will provide much-needed grit and offence to the Sabres' attack.

Buffalo, fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, is only four points behind second-place New Jersey.

Paetsch, 26, has seven goals and 35 assists in 157 career NHL games.

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