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Buffalo Sabres Acquisition Matt Moulson – End Game Or Cannon Fodder

Matt Moulson skated with his new team today – and the Buffalo Sabres hope he will be in the lineup for tonight’s matchup against the Dallas

Oct 4, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders left wing Matt Moulson (26) scores the game winning goal on New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) during the overtime shootout at the Prudential Center. The Islanders defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Stars – no reason for him not to be right?

Darcy Regier stunned the hockey world again by getting a fellow GM overpay for a piece of a team that is spiraling out of control and had no hopes of resigning.  Thomas Vanek wasn’t staying in Buffalo – but the Islanders felt it necessary to send two draft picks and an expiring contract to the Buffalo Sabres.

Nothing against Moulson – who went largely unnoticed in Los Angeles before being paired up with John Tavares – now he has what to work with?  And how much better can JT be with Thomas Vanek instead of Moulson?

Matt is playing the right card here.  He’s open to talking with the Buffalo Sabres before making a decision on his future.  Really?  The only way Moulson doesn’t know what is going on in Buffalo is if he has been under a rock lately and unable to see what has been happening with the team at First Niagara Center – now he gets the chance to see it first hand.

The Buffalo Sabres biggest problem with acquiring Moulson is his contract is expiring at the end of this year – although he doesn’t make quite as big a cap hit as Thomas Vanek did – possibly opening up the door for the Buffalo Sabres to retain more of Ryan Miller‘s contract in a future deal.

Could Moulson be used by the Buffalo Sabres in a vain attempt to acquire more draft picks?  You’re not getting a first round draft pick for Matt Moulson (unless your name is Darcy Regier – who got a first rounder for Paul Gaustad).

Is Buffalo a destination for Matt Moulson – or are the Buffalo Sabres just stacking the deck for another deal?

Sure the Buffalo Sabres have a record number of first and second round draft picks as far as the franchise is concerned, but whose the last draft pick by the Buffalo Sabres that actually panned out?  Darcy Regier and company stock piled draft picks that built the last core (Miller, Jason Pominville, Vanek, Gaustad) – what’s to say the next group isn’t going to pan out the same way?

Further down the rabbit hole we go, spinning our wheels in the hamster wheel of life we call the Buffalo Sabres.

Topics: Buffalo Sabres, Matt Moulson

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  • jimbobv2

    I don’t believe that Moulson is in the long term plans for the Sabres and I expect him to be moved by the trade deadline to add to the picks and prospects that the Sabres are stockpiling for the rebuild.

  • chas territo

    Glad to see our #1 malcontent is gone. Vanek being traded is a decent move, Moulson is a similar player who we rented. The picks make this trade seem better, but, it’s DR we’re talking about…How will he screw up those picks. Yes, we got a bunch of 1st rounders who as yet are nothing to write home about. Zad and Rousty, yes, they show promise, the rest…?

  • qwicwted

    You know the Sabres haven’t really had good draft picks since building up the last core. Its a tradeoff – you make the playoffs, you don’t get high draft picks. Now Darcy is reaping the rewards of the “core” he has dismantled. Starting with Gaustad, he has made some really good moves – so much for the GM no one wants to deal with. Give our youngsters time to develop Chas. I like this trade – get rid of our petulant Vanek and get us someone who knows about character, hard work and adversity. Moulson doesn’t get the accolades, but he is consistent. I would rather have our youngsters work with, learn from and get mentored by him rather than someone who sulks. Oh that’s right someone who is “emotional”. I’m glad to be rid of him. I hoped he would step up, but what a disappointment. Now let’s see what Moulson brings to the table – it is his time and let’s see if he decides to help shape a team. He’s coming with an open mind – instead of us all thinking “whats the worst that can happen – we get a high draft pick for him”, lets look at maybe, just maybe he will thrive and become the leader our youngsters need.

  • davidmuscalo

    I am on board to enjoy the ride. There may be some big surprises around the next bend in the road. Sometimes change is bad; sometimes change is good. This is a good change because it rids the team of a disgruntled player and frees up cap space – a win-win situation.

    Now Regier has to find a way to dump Ennis, Stafford and “Baby Huey” Myers.

    The rebuild is ongoing and will continue for the foreseeable future.

    • Jes

      Screw that Myers is awesome. That list should be Stafford, Ennis, Miller, Leino and Weber. Your nuts if you want Myers on that list. Ain’t nobody gonna perform to there worth on a team like this. Get Myers a team that can win games, he can’t do it all himself. Only bad part of Myers is his contract should only be about a $4.5 Million cap hit a year.

      • Ron

        Hate to disagree but Myers needs to be on the list. His position play is horrible, he doesn’t clear the front of the net, and as far as physical it rarely exists. That of anything baffles me. The one person I have difficulty putting on the list is Ennis. Ennis is not a goal scorer, he is a playmaker. He needs to play with a scorer which Stafford is not. Ennis will have twice as many assists as he does goals. Also you can’t have him play LW one night with a group, center the next with others and then on RW with a new group. He needs to play wing and have a scorer on the line. He is a top 6 forward. Also notice he is not afraid to mix it up unlike Leino.

        • Ron

          By the way, I have an autograph picture of Myers hanging in my Rec. Room. I like the guy. I just shake my head every time I look at it and wonder why aren’t you just out there dominating everyone.

  • [email protected]

    To stick with your analogy, the further down the rabbit hole we go, the closer we get to the bottom. Then we can start to climb our way out. Unless it is Bugs Bunny’s rabbit hole. In that case, we took the wrong turn at Albuquerque.

  • Jes

    I believe the Sabres will trade Moulson. I don’t know if you watched OTR? But everyone on it said that Moulson is there until trade deadline. The Sabres IMO will get him to do as good as possible and then trade him for a first rounder. Lots of people give up a first rounder for Moulson. Guy has the 8th most goals scored since 2009/2010 I believe, that’s pretty good considering all the players that are in this league. Getting a first round draft pick for Moulson will be easier than getting one for Miller IMO.