Among several other players in the Buffalo Sabres organization Matt Moulson is one of the big fish who’s future will need to be decided upon in the near future and the ball seems to be in the Buffalo Sabres court.
Last week Matt Moulson said he would consider re-signing and staying in Buffalo long-term as he has enjoyed his time with the Sabres and has enjoyed playing under interim coach Ted Nolan.
“Definitely, I think there is. I don’t know what they think of me. I love playing for Teddy. Like I said before, the organization has treated myself and my family incredibly well. The people of Buffalo are great fans and it has been a lot of fun growing with these guys. From where we were to where we want to be is obviously a process, but I think we’ve made some huge strides. ~ Matt Moulson on his future in Buffalo from CBC
Now words mean little when money and assets are parting chips in the sports world and Moulson may indeed follow the money out of
Buffalo, but at least right now his heart seems to still be in Buffalo as he starts thinking about free agency.
While Moulson has expressed interest in sticking around in Buffalo, do the Sabres want to keep Moulson long-term through the rebuild? There is no reason to believe the Sabres don’t want to re-sign Moulson, sure when he was first acquired for Thomas Vanek many believed he would be flipped at the trade deadline, but he’s played well and is willing to stay.
He has 7 goals since joining the Buffalo Sabres and has 6 points in his last 6 games playing alongside Zemgus Girgensons and Tyler Ennis on the Buffalo Sabres top line. He also ranks second amongst active players on the roster in Corsi for with a 47.3% rating. He and Girgensons have formed great chemistry and as a result are producing. Keeping Moulson would give the Buffalo Sabres a solid first line building block going forward and someone who compliments Girgensons playing style.
Matt Moulson answered the questions of whether he can produce without John Tavares quite seemingly and the answer was a resounding yes. He has become the man since joining the Sabres and for the most part he has stepped up to the plate.
But has he done enough to show the Buffalo Sabres they need to keep him instead of flipping him for prospects and picks for the future? If someone comes knocking, like the Pittsburgh Penguins currently are, do you shut the door and turn off all the lights or do you invite them in to talk about a deal?
What do you think the Buffalo Sabres should do with Matt Moulson going forward? Do they re-sign him to be a staple during the rebuild, do they let him walk to free agency or trade him to whoever comes knocking?