Oct 19, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Matt Moulson (26) scores a goal on Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) during the second period of a game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

BREAKING: Islanders Trade Moulson for Vanek


Hold onto your hats, Isles fans. As per New York Islanders beat writer Arthur Staple, the New York Islanders have traded LW Matt Moulson to the Buffalo Sabres for LW Thomas Vanek. The deal also includes the Isles’ 2014 first-round pick and 2015 second-round pick in the NHL Entry Draft:



It was well documented that the Islanders likely wouldn’t be able to pay Moulson the $5 million per season he’d probably seek this summer as an unrestricted free agent, which led to speculation that he’d be dealt before the end of the 2013-14 NHL season. Still, the deal took many by surprise.

In 11 games this season, Moulson has six goals and three assists for the Isles, good for fourth place on the team. His recent increase in production on the power play certainly bolstered his case for a big-time payday come free agency, which may have played a part in general manager Garth Snow‘s decision to deal the perennial 30-goal scorer.

To this point in the season, Vanek leads the Sabres with nine points in 13 games (4G, 5A). He, too, will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2014. His current deal is for seven years and $50 million. Vanek’s current cap hit is $6.4 million, one the Islanders can absorb with little difficulty, being that they have approximately $14.9 million in cap space — the most in the league.

At initial glance, this deal appears to be the product of the Islanders wanting to move Moulson for some kind of return, rather than letting him walk for nothing this offseason.



Stay tuned to EyesOnIsles.com for continuing coverage and analysis of the deal. Be sure to follow me on the Twitter (@MichaelWillhoft) so we can talk about the trade. I’ll be hosting a support group starting Tuesday night in the church basement (or online, if you can’t make it in person).

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  • Cord Lehman

    Vanek’s cap hit is over $7 million. I think this is some sign that Wang is finally going to be putting some money into this team. This is a great fit for Vanek, not so great for Moulson, but I think he’ll do well for Buffalo.

    • Renee

      @Cord, I agree. There is a difference between not being able to afford to pay Moulson $5m and not wanting to pay the one dimensional Moulson $5m. Vanek is an elite talent and I think Wang had to okay this deal, knowing he will have to offer Vanek a large contract.

  • Jason Arias

    A lot to give up to essentially remain in the same position (Vanek could just walk after the season also.) especially because we still have such an inconsistent goalie platoon. Not a bad deal but it’s not going to effect either side this year.

  • FitzWilly

    well that sux wangs
    best of luck MM, tx for everything
    now who we gonna trade for a REAL no 1 goalie?

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  • Renee

    What source says the isles could not afford to pay Moulson $5m?
    And please tell me your source is not a blogger.