The Buffalo Sabres have announced that Thomas Vanek has been traded to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson, a first-round draft pick in 2014 and a second-round draft pick in 2015.
The move has been anticipated since last season, when the Sabres hit rock bottom. Vanek's contract will expire at the end of this season, and as the team continued to struggle, the likelihood he would resign continued to decrease. Vanek leaves Buffalo ranking fifth all-time in goals for the franchise.
Moulson has 6 goals and 3 assists in 11 games thus far and has scored 30 goals three times in his career. He scored 15 goals in 47 games last season, due to the shortened schedule. The 29-year-old will come to Buffalo looking to insert some energy into the team. The Sabres have just two wins this season and have spiraled out of control.
The move states the obvious in that Buffalo is heading toward more suffering than once hoped. Ryan Miller and Steve Ott remain on the team for now, but many can't help but wonder for how long. Both also have contracts expiring after this season, and trade rumors about Miller have been swirling since last season as well.
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