Found October 27, 2013 on Bloguin Best:
The Buffalo Sabres have dealt Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders in exchange for Matt Moulson, a first round pick in 2014 and a second round pick in 2015. The move comes as the Sabres are sputtering in the Atlantic Division and amidst persisting trade rumors surrounding several players on the Buffalo roster.  The trade, as confirmed by Newsday, is a fascinating development for both teams and removes arguably the best forward from the trade block. At this time the New York Islanders still need to reach a contract extension with Vanek who becomes a UFA at the end of the year.  Talk about a surprising trade. We all expected Vanek would be moved sooner than later, but it's doubtful any analyst or expert has the Isles as his destination. Reportedly the two sides did not engage in any negotiations prior to the actual trade.  Vanek is a big acquisition for the Islanders and they paid dearly for him. However, the move is a bit puzzling. So far in 2013-14 the Islanders have be...
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  • Probably not the end of players moving. Trade for D-Man & Goalie will be next. Hope this trade works out in the long term for both teams.

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