The Buffalo Sabres were expected to make moves at the trade deadline, and a day before closing time they’ve finally made their first.
Only it wasn’t quite what we were expecting. GM Tim Murray has bolstered the blue line in Rochester, acquiring defenseman Mat Bodie from the New York Rangers in exchange for Amerks forward Dan Catenacci.
Here’s info on Bodie from the team’s press release:
Bodie (6’0”, 175 lbs., 3/7/1990) currently ranks 12th among all AHL defensemen with 30 points (8+22) in 45 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack this season. In 196 career AHL games, Bodie has compiled 98 points (20+78) and 127 penalty minutes. The East St. Paul, Manitoba native signed with the Rangers as an undrafted free agent after captaining Union College to an NCAA championship in 2014 and being named to the All-Tournament Team.
This move should help the Amerks along the blue line, as Bodie is a left-handed, point-producing defenseman who can eat up decent minutes. The Sabres have stolen Justin Falk and Taylor Fedun for much of the season, leaving the Amerks blue line thin, so this move also gives the Sabres organization another body along the back end, either for injury protection or for the small chance Bodie can have an impact someday in the NHL.
Mat Bodie career stats
|2007-2008||Winnipeg Thrashers Midget AAA||Telus Cup||7||2||3||5||6|
|Winnipeg Thrashers Midget AAA||MMHL||-||-||-||-||-|
|2008-2009||Powell River Kings||BCHL||53||1||41||42||41|
|2009-2010||Powell River Kings||BCHL||51||8||34||42||37|
|Canada West U19||WJAC-19||5||2||3||5||2|
|2014-2015||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||75||5||27||32||42|
|2015-2016||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||76||7||29||36||38|
|2016-2017||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||45||8||22||30||47|
Dan Catenacci’s time in Buffalo comes to an end without him ever really taking that next step into becoming an NHL player. Known mostly for his speed when drafted in 2011, Cat appeared in only 11 NHL games, with zero points.