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SABRES ACQUIRE MOULSON & 2 PICKS FOR VANEK

The 29-year-old Moulson is a three-time 30 goal scorer; currently has 6 goals in 9 games

Sunday, 10.27.2013 / 8:35 PM / News
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SABRES ACQUIRE MOULSON & 2 PICKS FOR VANEK
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier has announced that the team has traded forward Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Matt Moulson, the Islanders\' first-round draft selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and the Islanders\' second-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier has announced that the team has traded forward Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Matt Moulson, the Islanders' first-round draft selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, and the Islanders' second-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

The 29-year-old Moulson had six goals – including a league-leading five on the power play – and three assists in nine games for the Islanders this season, with his six goals coming on just 28 shots.

_LISTEN TO THE FULL AUDIO FROM DARCY REGIER'S PRESS CONFERENCE

Moulson posted three straight seasons of 30 or more goals for New York from 2009-12, and scored 44 points (15-29) in 47 games during last year’s lockout shortened schedule. A native of North York, Ont., Moulson joined the Islanders as unrestricted free agent on July 6, 2009.

Originally drafted by Pittsburgh in 2003 (263rd overall), Moulson made his NHL debut with the Los Angeles Kings in 2007-08, after signing with them as a free agent in September 2006. In 322 career NHL games, Moulson has 124 goals and 109 assists.


COMMENTS FROM DARCY REGIER:

"I’d like to start by thanking Thomas Vanek for the contributions that he’s made to our organization going back to his draft year, 2003 – 10-plus years. He’s been an outstanding player, outstanding teammate, citizen. The organization and we wish him only the best going forward."
 
"Matt, I believe, will address our current needs and provide us with support, leadership, scoring. And with where our hockey club is, the first- and the second-round picks are important, whether we select them at the draft, use the picks to select players at the draft or whether we use them to continue to improve the hockey club as we go forward through this season is yet to be determined. But that was the focus for this deal. It was a deal that has been worked on off and on for awhile and it was something that we felt we had to do."
 
"Matt’s a very good player…. [He’s] off to a good start and is a goal scorer and plays in the hard areas and on the power play. And will continue to contribute in that regard, but this is more an overall deal which I believe will improve this hockey club going forward."
 
"I don’t love where we are. I love what we’re doing and I believe in the direction we’re going."

"It is exciting when you can get young players and you can see them grow. The hard part is when you don’t win games while they’re growing and it makes it difficult. But the nature of this business is it’s short-term pressures and it’s a long-term plan that is going to get it done and you have to deal with those two."


With tonight’s trade, the Sabres will now have a combined 17 first- and second-round picks over a four-year span from 2012-2015 – the most in the 43-year history of the Sabres’ franchise.

The picks breakdown as follows:

2012
1st round: Mikhail Grigorenko (12th overall), Zemgus Girgensons (14th)
2nd round: Jake McCabe (44th overall)

2013
1st round: Rasmus Ristolainen (8th), Nikita Zadorov (16th)
2nd round: J.T. Compher (35th), Connor Hurley (38th), Justin Bailey (52nd)

2014
1st round: 2 picks (own, NYI- Vanek trade)
2nd round: 3 picks (own, MINN- Pominville trade, LA- Regehr trade)

2015
1st round: 1 pick (own)
2nd round: 3 picks (own, LA- Regehr trade, NYI- Vanek trade)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82