Hodgson shufflin' off to Buffalo.

TSN’s reports the Vancouver Canucks have dealt rookie center Cody Hodgson to the Buffalo Sabres as part of a larger deal between the two teams. Sabres promising power winger Zack Kassian is headed to Vancouver as part of the deal.  More to follow…

Defenseman Marc-André Gragnani is also believed heading to the Canucks, with D Alexander Sulzer headed to the Sabres.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A surprising move by the Canucks shipping out one of the top rookies in the league this season, but obviously GM Mike Gillis wanted to add more size up front, and gets it with 6-3, 228 Kassian, who should be a significant physical presence for the Canucks. Gragnani, a puck-moving defenseman, has struggled in this, his sophomore season, but has potential to growth. Their earlier acquisition of Pahlsson indicates the Canucks want experience heading into this year’s playoffs, as they hope to make another run for the Cup.

As for the Sabres, getting Hodgson is a big plus for their depth at center, especially after moving Paul Gaustad to Nashville earlier today. He should go on to become a good second-line center for the Sabres in the near future, with the promise of perhaps more.