The last big move Darcy Regier made before his firing was sending Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson. Thus far the trade has been working out fairly well for both teams; Moulson has adapted nicely to the Sabres top line and is scoring while Vanek has formed solid chemistry with captain John Tavares and has helped power a 4 game win streak.
The big catch is both players are upcoming free agents once the season expires, and while Moulson has expressed interest in sticking
around with the Sabres, Thomas Vanek has not done the same with the Islanders. There’s been speculation dating back to Vanek’s days with the blue and gold that Vanek would like to test out the free agency markets once his contract is up. Now the Islanders are reportedly willing to throw a truck load of money at Vanek to keep him an Islander, much like the Sabres did to acquire Ville Leino, but there is still no guarantee he stays.
With the potential of Vanek hitting the free agent waters soon, this summer could Buffalo attempt to regain their former star? Imagine how upset the Islanders would be if they lost both Vanek and Moulson to the Buffalo Sabres. As hard as it is to admit it, we’d have to give Darcy Regier a round of applause for setting that up.
Vanek felt like he got a raw deal from the Lindy Ruff and Darcy Regier regime. After being passed up for the captaincy he took a lot of flack despite being one of the Sabres best forwards. However, the Sabres have good news for Vanek, there is a new era in Buffalo with new management and coaching willing to operate a hockey team properly. If Vanek were to come back and play for the Sabres, he would surely find the whole atmosphere and philosophy different than before, just look at how different the team has been playing on the ice.
If the Sabres were to buy out the underperforming Ville Leino, reacquiring Thomas Vanek and resigning Ryan Miller would go a long way in helping them reach the rising cap floor next season.
It’s a long stretch for sure, but you think the Buffalo Sabres could, and should take a run at re-aquiring Thomas Vanek this offseason? Move either Moulson or Vanek to their off side, acquire a true first line centre not named Tyler Ennis? Therefore, the Sabres could have one heck of a top line for the rebuild.