Matt Moulson was a great find for the New York Islanders. The Isles picked him up before the 2009-2010 season, after he played just 29 games in his career previously with the Kings and he immediately popped off. He would score 30 or more goals in three straight years for the Islanders playing alongside John Tavares.
He was a steady player and someone who in the shortened 2012-2013 season, was at nearly a point per game pace putting up 44 in 47 games. The moral of the story, during the five years he was here with the team he was very productive and exceeded expectations.
Everyone knows how his tenure ended. In 2013-2014, the Islanders traded Moulson and two picks to Buffalo for Thomas Vanek. Vanek was good in his short time with the team but the trade didn’t exactly work out as planned.
Well yesterday, we found out some more details on how things went down. Matt Moulson was on the Spittin’ Chicklets podcast and he told them that he wanted to stay an Islander for the rest of his career:
Not only that but when Garth Snow let him know that he was traded he just hung up on him! Laugh out loud funny stuff from Moulson after hearing he had to go to Buffalo. His career in Buffalo tailed off as he would play 297 games and put up just 123 points after signing a relatively big contract of five years $25 million ($5 million AAV).
Credit to Matt, he still loves the game. He hasn’t played in the league since 2017-2018 but he’s continued to play in the AHL and put up some steady numbers at 38 years old. He got his big contract, he could theoretically hang up his skates but he loves it so much that he’s continued his hockey career to some success in the A with the Hershey Bears.
I wish things ended differently with Matt Moulson, he was a fan favorite and it was tough to see him go. Forever and always, Garth is public enemy number one.