Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 3/1/12
With the post-trade posturing by teams, general managers and fans to promote the view that this is a trade that helps both teams, often thats far from the case, and considering the wealth of draft picks and prospects exchanged at the deadline, its not always clear which team emerges as the victor in the long run. While we promoted Vancouvers and Nashvilles roster upgrades as strong steps towards filling holes in their depth, dont overlook the roster solidification undertaken by the Buffalo Sabres, who likely came away with the best overall player exchanged on deadline day in center Cody Hodgson while also prying away the Predators first round pick in the trade that sent sizeable forward Paul Gaustad to Nashville. Hodgson made his debut in a 2-0 win at Anaheim on Wednesday, finishing with a plus-1 rating and taking four shots on net. Flanked on opposite sides by Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford, Hodgson looked perfectly comfortable in immediate action, considering he hadnt as much as ...
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