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Jackets send Torres for D-man and 2nd-round pick

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

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson announced the trade shortly before the NHL trade deadline on Wednesday.

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

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

The 26-year-old Paetsch has seven goals and 35 assists in 157 career NHL games.

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