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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 Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson offers the most honest--and blunt--assessment of the trade:
Q: What do you think about Buffalo trading Thomas Vanek now and not waiting until the trade deadline? (Jeff Lore)
A: Embattled Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier did nicely to get first- and second-round draft picks and Matt Moulson for essentially a rental player, and he can use Moulson at the trade deadline to maybe get another first-rounder because he, too, is an unrestricted free-agent. Moulson, who had John Tavares passing him the puck on Long Island, will find it a tad more difficult to ...
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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...
The New York Islanders acquired forward Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night for forward Matt Moulson, a first-round pick in 2014, and a second-round pick in 2015.
The 29-year-old Vanek, a former University of Minnesota star from Austria, had four goals and nine assists in 13 games this season for Buffalo. In nine seasons with Buffalo, he had 254 goals and 243 assists...
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...
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
My computer crashed and I had no idea this trade actually happened until my husband yelled up to me "We traded Moulson?"
WTF? I'm watching Once. What's going on?
I cheeck my phone, and there it is. Matt Moulson, our perpetual 30 goal scorer, and two picks have been traded for Thomas Vanek, a 6'2" left winger.
For certain, I AM NOT HAPPY.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
The Sabres have confirmed that Thomas Vanek has been traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for a 2014 1st round pick, a 2015 2nd round pick and Matt Moulson.
More to come....I'm updating..
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...
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!)
San Jose 5, Ottawa 2 - Good news...
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 […]