Yesterday morning Rich wrote a great article talking about how desperate the Los Angeles Kings might be to get their hands on Matt Moulson. It was a great piece, truly, until roughly 2:30 in the afternoon when the Buffalo Sabres announced Matt Moulson would be out of the line-up until sometime after the Olympic break.
Why will one of the Buffalo Sabres biggest bargaining chips come trade deadline be on the shelf until at least February
25th? Due to a suspected shoulder injury suffered on Thursday night.
What do we know about the situation? Truthfully not much other than the Buffalo Sabres wont be able to trade Moulson pre-Olympics (Feb 7th). We don’t know how long Moulson will be out past the Olympics, various reports have said he will be back “sometime” after the Olympic break. Sometime could mean March 4th, it could mean March 15th or it could be even longer depending on the severity of the injury.
What we also know is the challenge of trading an injured player and how said injury can affect a players trade value significantly. To be honest, Matt Moulson’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for Tim Murray who is already not in the most ideal situation.
Moulson being out for any period of games will ultimately hurt his trade value, the Sabres just have to hope he’s good to go February 25th when the Carolina Hurricanes come to town.
Usually we ask you to play the role of the Buffalo Sabres coach or GM, however today we’re asking you to play the role of another team’s GM. Preferable a team who might be interested in Matt Moulson at the trade deadline. How much does his injury affect his trade value when he’ll have just one week before the verdict falls?
Instead of a prospect and pick, will the Sabres only be able to land a couple of picks? Will the injury force the Buffalo Sabres to engage in heavy contract talks with the first line winger?
Does the injury affect anything at all? Vote today!