News broke yesterday that the Buffalo Sabres had traded co-captain Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson, a first round pick in the 2014 draft and a second round pick in the 2015 draft. This came as a shock to most, but not because the Sabres traded away their new co-captain. It was losing Matt Moulson on the Isles that upset people. You can check out our breaking news post here
Let’s look at some numbers here. Moulson has 9 points (6G, 3A) in his 11 games this season. This puts him at 233 points in 333 NHL games. He is a quick player, and is on a four-game point streak. Thomas Vanek on the other hand has 9 points (4G, 5A) in 13 games. This adds up to give Vanek a point total of 497 in 598 NHL games. Moulson has had the edge on Vanek in points, and has a +3 rating this year compared to Vanek’s -5.I took to Twitter to see the buzz around the whole trade. Many people seemed upset, but Vanek is a good pickup by the Isles. The only problem I see is Moulson is a better player. The 29-year olds are pretty close in stats, but Moulson has the advantage. This is one tweet I found that I liked.
With a 1st and a 2nd, the Sabres extracted a heavy price for Thomas Vanek, so they’ve done one thing right this season. Poor Matt Moulson.
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) October 28, 2013
Bruce Arthur says it clearly. “The Sabres extracted a heavy price…” He sees that the Isles have missed out 0n the trade. I definitely agree that they lost most in this deal, and I’m afraid the Isles are going to have to eat this decision.
It doesn’t even matter if we do keep Vanek, this trade is still lopsided.
— Cornelius McLaughlin (@McLocks) October 28, 2013
Cornelius McLaughlin isn’t happy about the trade. It is a lopsided trade, and I think the Sabres are definitely milking this. I’m not sure why the Islanders would want a player like Vanek, especially when they had a better version of him in Moulson.
We all knew miller and vanek were getting traded but vanek for moulson & picks? Islanders you shafted yourself
— kyle pressley (@pressleyX14) October 28, 2013
“Shafted Yourself.” That’s certainly one way to put it. Like I’ve said, the Isles messed up on this trade. Maybe they can make Vanek into a better player and end up resigning him before he is a free agent in July. News and reactions will keep coming up about this, so make sure you keep checking back here to get the latest news.