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
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.