Oct 22, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; Vancouver Canucks right wing Jannik Hansen (36) controls the puck in front of New York Islanders left wing Matt Moulson (26) during the first period of a game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Trade Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson

Oct 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek (26) in play during the game against the Colorado Avalanche at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Those of you Buffalo Sabres fans who kept Tweeting, “Do something, Darcy,” have finally gotten your wish.

Word on the street is that the Sabres have traded their home captain, Thomas Vanek, to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson and first (2014) and second (2015) round draft picks.

Here’s the first I heard of this news:


 I had literally just finished responding to a fan’s question about a possible coaching scenario when that Tweet from WGR 550 flashed in front of my eyes.  I had to do a double-take; who the hell was expecting THAT to appear on Twitter at eight-oh-something on a Sunday evening?

There is no doubt that in my mind that Vanek had already resigned himself to being an ex-Sabre once this season ended.  Sure, he is the team’s leading scorer, but he has shown little to no passion out on the ice, and has certainly done nothing to try and put this team on his shoulders and carry them like a superstar should.  Obviously, the Sabres decided to move him while they could still get some value out of him – and value they got.

Moulson currently has a line of 6-3-9 in 11 games for the Islanders, which instantly makes him the Sabres’ leading scorer.  A first-round draft pick this year will also give the Sabres yet another year in which they draft twice in the first round, and given how well that worked out for this team during the previous draft, you have to think that, upon first inspection, the Sabres got the better end of this deal.  Time will tell, and we’ll be providing more complete coverage of this trade in the days to come, but for a team that is the midst of a rebuild, this deal could pay off huge dividends in the years to come.

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