Matt Moulson On the Shelf Till After Olympics

One of the three big upcoming free agents for the Buffalo Sabres has left Arizona feeling a little banged up after suffering what is believed to be a shoulder injury. Buffalo Sabres left winger Matt Moulson suffered the injury in last night’s 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, with family in attendance.

The upper body injury will keep Moulson on the shelf until after the Olympic break, Interim head coach Ted Nolan said today.

Moulson left last night’s game after receiving a slash from Shane Doan and did not return with what was labelled an

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“upper-body” injury. Moulson will miss the Buffalo Sabres next 4 games leading up the Olympics and will then have until the 25th to recover and rejoin the Buffalo Sabres when they face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes.

After being hit/slashed, Moulson skated off the ice in pain and fell to the ground in the tunnel on his way to the dressing room. Nolan say’s his “upper body” and wrist took most of the brunt and the team is just hoping for the best.

“Doctors are looking at him. Cross your fingers, hope that it’s good. He took a pretty good, I don’t know if it was a cross-check, a slash – one of those two, either one of them. ~ Ted Nolan quote from Buffalo Hockey Beat

Some people believe Matt Moulson did indeed suffer a shoulder injury, but that would the worst case scenario for the Buffalo Sabres. Shoulder injuries are tricky things to both recover from and play through. Marcus Foligno suffered a shoulder injury in preseason and hasn’t been the same player since.

Moulson has become one of the key offencive pieces for the Buffalo Sabres since coming over in the Thomas Vanek trade, but was also thought of to be their best trade chip ahead of the trade deadline. However, with the injury their key trading chip will be on the shelf and his trade stock will likely plummet. It’s pretty difficult to trade an injured player, so the Buffalo Sabres will be looking for a quick recovery or a signed contract before the trade deadline.