It couldn’t be a clean break – sure Thomas Vanek will never again don a blue and gold sweater or skate for the home team at First Niagara Center -
but he will still receive a check with Terry Pegula’s signature on it.
According to an AP report - someone with knowledge of the trade is confirming that the Buffalo Sabres are retaining a portion of their former captain’s salary – and a nice chunk of it as well.
If the reports are true, then the Buffalo Sabres will still be liable to pay about 20% of Vanek’s salary. This makes sense for the New York Islanders. While the Buffalo Sabres received two draft picks, one in each 2104 and 2015 – the teams also traded contracts of soon to be unrestricted free agents.
Thomas Vanek had a salary of 6.4 million, while Matt Moulson is only on the books for 3 million and change. For the Buffalo Sabres to keep twenty percent of Vanek’s salary – the New York Islanders are getting Thomas Vanek for Matt Moulson money.
It is still yet to see if Moulson can continue to improve the Buffalo Sabres offense, and how well Thomas Vanek will pan out for the New York Islanders. Having Buffalo keep a portion of the salary definitely helps lessen the blow for the Islanders who are paying a pretty high price to rent the Austrian sniper.
I still say Buffalo wins this trade.