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All the money in the world could not have kept Thomas Vanek in Buffalo.
The Sabres captain was dealt to the Islanders for Matt Moulson and a pair of draft picks in an intradivision deal over the weekend, but not before Buffalo attempted to compensate him handsomely to stay in town.
In fact, John Vogl of The Buffalo News cites a source saying that the Sabres were willing to make Vanek the highest-paid player in the NHL.
The 29-year-old winger wanted no part of a hefty contract, however. The Sabres have entered full-on rebuilding mode, with goalie Ryan Miller the only legitimate star remaining on the roster, and Vanek found it best to take his talents elsewhere.
“I enjoyed my time there, but I didn’t want to be a part of that,” Vanek told reporters in New York on Monday. “We traded pretty much every veteran. The message was clear that they’re going for draft picks. I think our last game we played four teenagers. Good, young players, but young players take time.”
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Thomas Vanek knew a trade from the Buffalo Sabres was likely. He just didn't expect to be shipped off to the New York Islanders this early in the season.
From one rebuild to another for the prolific goal scorer.
Vanek joined the Islanders on Monday morning just hours after the deal that sent him to Long Island for forward Matt Moulson and a pair of draft picks.
Vanek and Moulson...
The Buffalo Sabres will pick up part of forward Thomas Vanek's salary as part of the deal they made with the New York Islanders in Sunday's trade.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, the Sabres will retain approximately $1.4 million - or roughly 20 per cent - of what's left of the $6.4 million Vanek is still owed in the final year of his contract...
As the New York Islanders try to take the next step towards being a contender, they made a shocking trade tonight. In an effort to shake things up and to give franchise centerpiece John Tavares a worthy line mate, the Islanders acquired Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres.
This certainly was not a trade that anyone expected. Per this report from ESPN, Vanek was acquired for forward...
Over the last 36-or-so hours, hockey pundits have dedicated a significant amount of bandwidth to dissecting the Thomas Vanek-Matt Moulson trade, attempting to discern whether either player has a long-term future with their new respective employers, or whether the New York Islanders or Buffalo Sabres "won" the trade.
In an "Ask Matty" column, I believe that the...
The Buffalo Sabres have had a poor start to the season so it seems they are ready to get the rebuilding process underway by trading one of their best players according to The Buffalo News.
Thomas Vanek is on his way to the New York Islanders.
The Sabres’ perennial scoring leader has been dealt to New York in exchange for forward Matt Moulson, a first-round pick in 2014 and a...
By Kristin Tullo (@K_Tullo)
The Buffalo Sabres may have had their biggest win of the season on Sunday night, acquiring left wing Matt Moulson from the New York Islanders, along with New York’s first-round pick in 2014 and a second-round pick in 2015 in exchange for Thomas Vanek.
It was a big win for the Sabres, who will have draft picks regardless of what Moulson does...
The Buffalo Sabres have traded Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson, 1st round pick in 2014, and a 2nd round pick in 2015.
At first glance, this trade seems like a steal for the Sabres. While Vanek and Moulson are close in age ( Vanek is three months younger ), Vanek has played in 265 more games than Moulson and has 130 more goals. However, when you compare...
The era of Thomas Vanek has ended and the welcoming back of Lindy Ruff for a night begins.
The fans woke up today and processed the best player on the teams’ departure for Long Island last night. Let’s make one thing clear: management asked Vanek point-blank “are you willing to sign in Buffalo past this season?” To show him their commitment, they would have made him...
Fortune favors the bold.
- Some Latin Proverb
For years New York Islander fans (myself, included) have been waiting years for Garth Snow to pull the trigger and cash in on the team’s painstaking rebuild.
We had the depth to pull of a move for a star, it was just a matter of time.
Tradehawks on Islander forums have clamored for the past two years that it was time for the Islanders...
Photo: SIMMONS, HOWARD/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
After last night’s disappointing home opener, the Rangers are on Long Island to take on the Islanders. The Isles will be debuting their new toy tonight, as Thomas Vanek will skate with John Tavares. It was an interesting deal that brought Vanek to Uniondale, as they sent Matt Moulson to Buffalo –along with 1st and 2nd round picks–...
BREAKING: #Isles have traded Matt Moulson, their 2014 1st-round pick and a 2015 2nd-round pick to Buffalo for Thomas Vanek.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) October 28, 2013
The first big trade of the season is done after the New York Islanders sent LW Matt Moulson, New York's 1st round pick in 2014 and New York's 2nd round pick in 2015 to the Buffalo Sabres for LW Thomas Vanek. Vanek's value will be on the rise as he is slotted to take over Moulson's spot on the top line alongside John Tavares. He is in a good spot and has a great...
During my preview of the NHL’s Eastern Conference’s Atlantic division I said that the Sabres were looking to trade Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller. This was an attempt to start a rebuilding process with both of them being free agents at the end of the season. Sunday night the process was sent in motion as […]
Sure would be nice to have Schultz around today, huh?
The Top Line
Thomas Vanek was dealt to the Islanders in the first big trade of the season. Matt Moulson and 2 first rounders went to Buffalo, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, TSN, NHL.com, The Local Take #1, The Local Take #2 (It's Schultz, you guys!)
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