Found October 28, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
Maybe Lindy Ruff had a moment of closure Monday night. Ruff returned to Buffalo, where he served for 15 years as head coach, and received a heartwarming ovation in the first period from an appreciative crowd at First Niagara Center. But he left as the coach of the Stars after battling in an intense game that resulted in a hard-fought 4-3 victory. “I definitely think it was a big night in a lot of ways,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “One, we don’t realize how much he means to this town and how much it means to him until you see it. And two, that was a heck of a battle, and we had to really dig in as a team to win it.” The Sabres entered as the NHL’s worst team at 2-10-1 with several statistical categories at rock bottom, including a goals-for average of 1.46. They also were dealing with the murmur of a fire sale surrounding the team after a trade sent leading scorer Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson and two draft picks. But a funny thing happened Mon...

Ruff Returns, Vanek Departs

  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...

Source: Sabres pick up part of Vanek's salary

A person familiar with the details of the trade has confirmed to The Associated Press that the Buffalo Sabres agreed to pay about a fifth of forward Thomas Vanek's salary in dealing him to the New York Islanders. The person said, the Sabres are on the hook for 19.5 percent of what's left of the $6.4 million Vanek is still owed in the final year of his contract. The person...

Moulson fits in with new linemates

The chemistry was noticeable when the line hit the ice for the first time. Matt Moulson, playing in his first game as a Buffalo Sabre, joined the top line with Cody Hodgson and Tyler Ennis. The trio had pop and breathed some life into the Sabres offense. Moulson scored twice and Ennis picked up his first two assists of the season. And much of it came from an energy and eagerness...

Three honest assesments of the Vanek-Moulson trade’s present and future

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...

Sabres Begin Rebuilding With Trade for Moulson

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 […]

5 For Thought: Rangers finally home, Leafs sell high, realignment so far, Ruff’s return, and more.

1. Vanek excited to join young, fast Islanders. Thomas Vanek has spent the entire first eight seasons of his NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres. His early days were blessed with team success, including a Presidents’ trophy and some promising…Read more →The post 5 For Thought: Rangers finally home, Leafs sell high, realignment so far, Ruff’s return, and more. appeared first...

Matt Moulson stars in Buffalo Sabres debut

Only 24 hours after being traded from the New York Islanders to the Buffalo Sabres, Matt Moulson took centre stage with a 2-goal performance against the Dallas Stars. The argument that Moulson’s success on Long Island was a product of…Read more →The post Matt Moulson stars in Buffalo Sabres debut appeared first on The Hockey Daily.

At Last, Sabres’ Plan Is Straightforward

Matt Moulson’s agent, Wade Arnott, said that his client is heading to Buffalo with an open mind and is interested in hearing the club’s plans. Mr. Arnott, I think I can help you out with that. The Sabres are in desperate need of elite talent.  The trade that sent Thomas Vanek to Long Island in exchange for Moulson and draft picks is another step in the implementation of...

Report: Sabres Were Willing to Make Thomas Vanek Highest-Paid Player in NHL Prior to Trade to Islanders

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...

New York Islanders trade for Thomas Vanek

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...

Patrick Kaleta Will Not Appeal His Suspension

Hearing Sabres F Patrick Kaleta has decided not to appeal his 10-game suspension. — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 28, 2013 via Pierre LeBrun tweet, Patrick Kaleta has decided not to appeal to independent arbitrator

Islanders acquire Thomas Vanek from Sabres for Matt Moulson, picks

The New York Islanders have acquired forward Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Matt Moulson, a first round draft pick in 2014 and a 2015 second round pick. more to come
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