Just hours after acquiring Brendan Smith from Detroit, the Rangers made another deal — albeit a far smaller one.
New York has sent minor-league defenseman Mat Bodie to Buffalo in exchange for forward Daniel Catenacci, the club announced.
Of the two, Catenacci has the more distinguished resume. The 23-year-old was Buffalo’s third-round pick (77th overall) at the 2011 draft, and appeared in 11 games for the Sabres last year, making his NHL debut in the process.
Catenacci’s spent all of this year in AHL Rochester, scoring 13 points in 50 games.
Bodie, 26, is an undrafted blueliner out of Union College that’s spent his entire pro career in the American League. He’s a good offensive defenseman, and sits 12th among all AHL rearguards in scoring this year, with 30 points.
Bodie has yet to make his NHL debut. If you’re looking for potential connections to a bigger deal, his acquisition does give Buffalo organizational depth on defense — which could be tested if GM Tim Murray ships out the likes of Dmitry Kulikov or Cody Franson.