So, (1) Kings need a scoring LW, (2) Matt Moulson available, (3):

New York Islanders get Thomas Vanek from Buffalo for Matt Moulson, 2 picks – ESPN New York

The New York Islanders acquired forward Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night for forward Matt Moulson, a first-round pick in 2014 and a second-round pick in 2015.

The 29-year-old Vanek, a two-time 40-goal scorer, had four goals and nine assists in 13 games this season for Buffalo. In nine seasons with Buffalo, he had 254 goals and 243 assists in 598 games.

Both players are in the last years of their contracts.

The Islanders could have kept their picks and probably got a nice package sending Moulson back to LA.


  3 comments for “So, (1) Kings need a scoring LW, (2) Matt Moulson available, (3):

  1. hughestom1
    October 28, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    What would the kings have given for Moulson?

    • October 28, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      That, I think, is the snag in Quisp’s argument: It seems like the Islanders were looking to get a bigger-name scoring forward (and they paid a steep price to get one) and declare that the rebuilding phase is officially over. The Kings don’t have any proven scorers to spare, and would most likely have offered younger players — i.e., a combination of spare parts (like Ellerby or a bottom-six roster forward) + a prospect or maybe a draft pick.

  2. October 28, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    I can’t quite figure out this deal from the Islanders’ standpoint. I’m assuming that Molson got dealt at least in part because the NYI figured they weren’t going to be able to re-sign him. But Vanek is an impending free agent, too, If you figure you can’t re-sign Moulson, how do you figure you’re going to re-sign Vanek and thereby get any lasting value from the trade? As it stands, you’re getting a proven scorer in Vanek, but you’re also giving up a proven scorer, plus 2 probable future roster players.

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