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It's?almost?getting a little ridiculous at this point how various stipulations in the Vanek-Moulson trade are continuing to leak out, but that is how it's happening. This one certainly benefits the Islanders. According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, the Islanders have the option of deferring the first round pick they gave Buffalo from 2014 to 2015, if the Isles falter and the pick ends up in the top 10 this season.
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It's hockey day on Long Island, time to watch actual games as the Islanders take on the Rangers tonight at the Coliseum (game preview to come). It's probably a good thing that there is an actual, tangible game tonight so that we can all stop yelling about that trade thing that happened on Sunday night. Here's a final wrap up on some interesting stories that we missed...Try not to get price gouged at Gulf gas stations, like Eric Hornick almost did.Vanek wasn't interested in being a part of the Sabres rebuild, no not one bit. (Yahoo)[sny-box]Vanek said he was shocked when he received the news after 8 p.m. ET Sunday night from Regier. But he wasn?t surprised.?We traded pretty much every veteran,? said Vanek after his first practice with the Islanders. ?The message was clear that they?re going for draft picks. I think our last game we played four teenagers. Good, young players, but young players take time. I enjoyed my time there, but I didn?t want to be a part of that.??You train all summer long, practice every day and you want to be on a competitive team that has a chance and right now we struggled there,? Vanek said. ?It?s hard to leave when you do struggle. I was one of the leaders, but at the same time the reality it?s business and I?m happy to be an Islander.?[/sny-box]John Tavares' thoughts on Moulson getting traded, and in defense of his former teammate. (Eyes on Isles)[sny-box]"Shocked like everyone else. Big move for a guy that was a big part of this hockey for a long time... As a group, we?re excited about having Thomas and we wish him only the best. Got to move on and be ready to play tomorrow."You know, I don?t think Matt?s ever gotten the credit he deserves for a lot of the success I?ve had over the years. The things he?s done so well. The little things he?s done to help my game [...] [L]iving together our first year, and door-to-door neighbors our second ?year [...] the impact he made, him and his family, and how much they helped me off the ice [...] words cannot describe how much he was there for me.?[/sny-box]Over at the Score, Dave Lozo has a conspiracy theory on the trade. The Islanders didn't want to pay both Moulson and Vanek, which is why it was Moulson going and not a prospect (full disclosure; Lozo doesn't believe Vanek is much of an upgrade). So instead of paying Moulson four or five million, you try to pay Vanek seven because the owner will bite on a $3-4 million payroll increase but not a $7 million one.[sny-box]In 2013, Jarome Iginla was worth a first-round pick and two prospects. In 2008, Marian Hossa (and Pascal Dupuis) was worth Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito and a first-round pick. In 2007, Ryan Smyth was worth Robert Nilsson, Ryan O?Marra and a first-round pick.Trades are like snowflakes, but generally speaking it requires a first-round pick and a prospect or two to acquire a talented scorer on an expiring contract at the trade deadline.[/sny-box]His conclusion:[sny-box]Based on all the other factors, it seems like Regier either fleeced Snow or, at the very least, took advantage of a GM whose owner isn?t willing to spend an additional $7 million over the rest of the season.[/sny-box]I'm not sure I buy all of it, but it's an interesting take, plausible, and worth the read.Missed this over the weekend; Rick DiPietro has joined the AHL's Charlotte Checkers (Carolina affiliate) on a tryout contract.Moulson and Vanek both wear #26. To make things easy on fans with defunct jerseys, the Buffalo Sabres are offering free name plate switches. Your move, Islanders.And finally, Ken from Medford retires his Moulson shirt:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=957A12SO2HM
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The Sabres hosted the Dallas Stars tonight in Buffalo, which was not only Matt Moulson's debut but also Lindy Ruff's return to upstate New York. For Moulson, it the debut went as well as it possibly could with two goals. His first came on only his second shift less than four minutes into the game:And his second came late in the middle frame and brought the Sabres to within one. The Sabres would lose to Dallas, 4-3.
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The Islanders are skating at the Coliseum and have been joined by Thomas Vanek. Their practice lines are as follows:Vanek - Tavares - OkposoBouchard - Nielsen - BaileyGrabner - Nelson - Regin - ClutterbuckMartin - Cizikas - McDonald - BoultonAnd here's your first look at Vanek:https://twitter.com/sealshockey/status/394850769578369025Meanwhile, in Buffalo:https://twitter.com/BuffaloSabres/status/394832015935430656
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The Islanders traded Matt Moulson, a 2014 first rounder and a 2015 second round to Buffalo for Thomas Vanek. It's an interesting swap of pending free agents early in the season, something not usually seen in the NHL. Both players were potentially headed to unrestricted free agency in the summer and both teams get something they want for said players that may not have stayed around.What the Sabres get: Picks. The Sabres, who are terrible despite beating the Islanders last week, get two draft picks that will be important to their rebuild. Vanek was the team's last legitimate offensive threat and now they can start bringing in youth to begin again. The funny thing here is that Moulson may not end up being a Sabre at the end of the season. There's the very real scenario where Buffalo could move him again before the deadline for more draft picks. In fact, that might be the best thing for the Sabres to do. Moulson is certainly a talented player but they may be better off moving him for picks rather than spending money on a player who could be 34 or older by the time the rebuild actually gets off the ground.What the Islanders get: An elite offensive playmaker. Vanek is the sniper and playmaker that Islanders fans have been yelling for to put on John Tavares' wing. Seriously, if you're not acquainted with what Vanek can do, you should go take a look. He's Austrian, so it might be fair to say he's a more talented Michael Grabner, minus the blazing wheels. Vanek has great hands and an excellent ability to make defenders miss and finish the play. The Islanders do, also, lose one of Tavares' wingers. But with Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner playing well plus Ryan Strome in the system, maybe the Islanders think that they will be able to figure out the left wing spot (Vanek is a right wing).Two different types of players: While their statistics may look somewhat similar, please be aware that Vanek and Moulson are two totally different players. Moulson is the grinder who plants himself in front of the net, pots rebounds and sets up in the low slot or circle for his patented one-timer finishes. Vanek is not that player; he is more of dangler who will make some eye-popping dekes, can finish up close by making goaltenders look silly and is a sniper to boot. Moulson will beat a goalie up close by setting himself up for a one-timer or slamming home a rebound while Vanek will flick his wrist and go top shelf or make a slick move. They're both good at what they do -- scoring goals, that is -- but they do it in two entirely different ways. Also; Vanek can drive the play and carry the puck into the zone, something Moulson is not adept at.Giving up the picks: Ok, so the Islanders did give up two draft picks in the deal. Not only that, one was a first rounder. The Islanders were a playoff team last year and picked 15th. And everyone would like the Islanders to do better than they did last year, right? Right.?So Snow is betting that the Islanders first round pick will end up in the 16-30 range. There's a big drop off in talent between being in the top five and in the bottom ten of the first round. If the Islanders do manage to be in the lower portion of the first round, it won't be quite as big a deal losing the pick plus it means Vanek has likely panned out and helped with a successful season. That said, if the Islanders pick in the top 10, clearly something went awry.Can the Isles re-sign or trade Vanek??Here's the part that likely determines if the Islanders "win" this trade or, more accurately, if it works out for them. The Islanders certainly cannot let Vanek walk for nothing on July 1st. That's two picks down the drain plus losing most of the good faith you had built up in Moulson to re-sign him. So they either need to try and get a deal done with Vanek in-season (a certainty that they will try) and if they can't, they can send him packing for other assets at the deadline. It won't be a Moulson and two picks type return, but it will salvage something. Vanek will be expensive to re-sign, too. His current cap hit is $7.1 million and he hasn't done a lot recent to show that he doesn't deserve that kind of money, as he continues to be a consistent point per game player. This deal signifies the Islanders would very much like to sign Vanek and maybe they decided that breaking the bank and paying someone more than Tavares was worth Vanek and not Moulson, who could easily fetch more than $5 million on the open market.Vanek keen on Minnesota? There's been a lot of speculation about what team's name will be on the contract when Vanek puts his John Hancock on his next deal. Most of the speculation is that Vanek wants to go to the Minnesota Wild, as he played two years of college hockey at the University of Minnesota. The Wild are at one disadvantage, they don't have the cap space to pay Vanek. Well, they don't right now. Dany Heatley and his $7.5 million cap hit comes off of their books at the end of the year so they could make room. But it'll be tough. They are still paying Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Mikko Koivu all north of $6.5 million per year. The Islanders have a clear advantage here and have fired the first shot in the Battle of Vanek.The Big Question: Who Won This Deal?For now, I would argue that the Sabres won this deal for their purposes and the Islanders got a fair deal. The Sabres were not going to re-sign Vanek, this is no secret. They get picks for plus a tradable asset in Moulson. For the Islanders, they paid a fair price for an elite player. The first round draft pick could be late in the first, which would be nice. But the big thing is Vanek. If they don't get a signature from him or, failing that, are unable to trade him for useful picks or players it's a total loss. We'll be able to better evaluate this at the end of the year but right now, it's certainly a high-risk, high-reward gamble that is very rare to see out of Garth Snow.
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For the past half-decade, give or take, of this rebuild GM Garth Snow has focused on drafting and improving the Islanders from within and not via trades. Of course, it was a splashy trade that got the rebuild going, when Snow traded for Ryan Smyth at the deadline in 2007. Most of the trades the team has engaged in have been to acquire draft picks, many of which are now skating in Bridgeport or at the Coliseum.?By trading Matt Moulson, a five-year Islanders veteran, Snow has made a big trade and sent away one of the "core" Islander players that the team was building around. A big, splashy trade and moving one of the pivotal players in the lineup is a new territory for the rebuild. It's a big shake up for the team and fanbase, which is, apparently, how Snow intended it."I didn't like the way we?d been playing. We?re better than our record indicates and we need to take the next step,"?Snow told Arthur Staple of Newsday.?"I can tell you I?m not happy with where we are record-wise. We?re better than this. I wasn?t going to sit by and let games pass."The Islanders are off to a 4-3-3 start that has been consistently inconsistent, with big wins over the Penguins and Coyotes, but bad losses to basement teams such as the Flyers and the very Sabres the Islanders just traded with.With the trade, the Islanders get an elite, playmaking wing to pair with their elite, playmaking center John Tavares. But they paid a fair price in sniper and crease-crasher Matt Moulson and two draft picks. The team will have all season to try and re-sign Vanek or trade him again later on before the trade deadline."We had an opportunity to acquire an elite player and given where we we are right now, you go for it,"?Snow told TSN's Bob McKenzie.?"If we hadn't drafted so well, if we didn't have good prospects, we couldn't afford to take the risk."
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The Islanders have traded Matt Moulson, the team's 2014 1st round pick and a 2015 2nd round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Thomas Vanek.The 29-year-old Vanek played 13 games with Buffalo this season, notching nine points (four goals and five assists).In his nine-year NHL career, he's scored 254 goals and 243 assists for 497 points with a plus-29 rating in 598 career games. His best season came in 2006-07, averaging over a point per game with 84 points (43 goals and 41 assists) in 82 games, while leading the NHL in plus/minus rating with a plus-47 ratingHe was named co-captain of the Sabres this season and has worn the ?C? during the team?s home games. Full release from the Islanders below:UNIONDALE, NY (October 27, 2013) ? The New York Islanders announced today that they have acquired Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Matt Moulson, a first round selection in the 2014 National Hockey League Draft and a second round selection in 2015.Vanek, 29, joins the Islanders after playing in 13 games with Buffalo this season, accumulating nine points (four goals and five assists). He was named co-captain of the Sabres this season and has worn the ?C? during the team?s home games. The Vienna, Austria native has played nine NHL seasons, totaling 254 goals and 243 assists for 497 points with a plus-29 rating in 598 career games. Vanek had a career year in 2006-07, averaging over a point per game with 84 points (43 goals and 41 assists) in 82 games, while leading the NHL in plus/minus rating with a plus-47 rating. Vanek led Buffalo in power-play goals in seven of his nine seasons in the league and finished first in the NHL with 20 in 2008-09. The 6?2, 217 pound left wing has played in 36 career NHL playoff games, totaling 20 points (15 goals and five assists). The Sabres selected Vanek in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, making him the highest selected Austrian hockey player in league history. He represented Buffalo at the 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal, QC. Internationally, Vanek has represented Austria the World Junior Championships (2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04) and World Championships (2003-04, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2012-13). Prior to his professional career, Vanek played two seasons at the University of Minnesota (WCHA). Each season he averaged well over a point per game, totaling 113 points (57 goals and 56 assists) in 83 games with the Golden Gophers.
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It was an up and down week in Islander Country, starting with a poor effort in Nashville last Saturday, a 59-minute performance Thursday and culminating last night with too little, too late against Carolina. Welcome to Ups and Downs, which is an elaborate excuse to use these green and red arrows to make various points.The Chuck Norris Thumbs Up of the Week...goes to Michael Grabner for notching his sixth assist of the season in his seventh game on Thursday night. That's more than he had during all of last season when he had only five in 48 games.Who's Up/Who's Down Matt Moulson's even strength play is down this week, as he is having trouble producing at five-on-five since being removed from John Tavares' wing. Hard to tell what the motive was for that, but Moulson only has two even strength points on the season. He's still with Tavares on the power play and is doing quite well there with four power play points in his last three games (although to be fair one of his two power play goals was literally a shot he got hit by). Evgeni Nabokov's save percentage was at .925 prior to Saturday's game. It's still at .914, which is around the league average for the past couple of years, and and slightly higher than his career mark. It would be a great surprise if he held up those kind of numbers all season long. Don't hold your breath.Brock Nelson is literally down this week, sent to Bridgeport to get some game action today. That's all well and good. The down arrow here is actually for management for being pretty indecisive with what to do with the young forward. I don't mind what they've done switching Matt Donovan in and out of the lineup, but Nelson has to play more regularly. Sitting for a week doesn't help. Pointing out that fans irrationally overreact to early season losses is down this week. We get it, the average person overreacts to short-sighted outcomes. This is the internet where quick rants, strong reactions and #HOTTAKES are king. This is not a thing that only exists in Islander county. And speaking of......the shootout is also down this week. Because it's an arbitrary end to the game that improperly alters the reaction following the game from both fans and players. Especially when it comes to players who will mope around since a shootout loss is a loss, no matter how the other 65 minutes went. The shootout is great for its entertainment value, ability to get more casual fans excited about the game and the fact that ties are a plague upon the earth. But there's got to be a better way. Maybe longer OT? Sorry for the ranting, if you couldn't tell I had a small epiphany on Tuesday night.and :?Mike Francesa's Diet Coke is down, then up.
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Late on Friday night, USA Today released a profile of Matt Moulson onto the interwebs. It's an interesting read and details Moulson's road from Pee Wee all the way to three-time 30-goal scorer with the Islanders. It also has a hell of a lede:[sny-box]Michael Jordan's tale about being cut from his high school basketball team is minor league compared to the rejection Matt Moulson faced as a teen-age athlete.[/sny-box]But in all seriousness, Moulson's had a tough go of it throughout his whole hockey career, something that wasn't really known outside of him getting stuck in the Kings' minor league system, which led to the Islanders signing him in the summer of 2009. In fact, it goes all the way back to Pee Wee hockey when he was 16:[sny-box]But Moulson couldn't even make any AAA youth teams in the Toronto area when he was a 16-year-old."That year, I got cut from every single AAA team in the league," Moulson said.[/sny-box]And even after a good college career with Cornell, he was barely drafted -- taken in the ninth round by the Penguins. The Penguins made him an initial offer but didn't come back around when it was time for his rights to expire. That's how he ended up in Los Angeles as a free agent, but even then, spent his time in the minors hampered by a knee sprain in 2008. And now here he is.
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Throughout the next month plus, we'll be reviewing the season that was and over-analyzing the various players that?contributed?to it. That's what the offseason is for, after all. This post is part of a series.?Read them all here.

Matt Moulson is Spicoli.

15-29-44 in 47 games

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UNIONDALE, N.Y -- There was a different feeling at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday as the Islanders said good bye. A feeling of hope and promise for the future, though the players were still lamenting from Game 6's tough loss.

"It?s tough," Matt Moulson said about being out. "It?s a crappy feeling obviously...?I think you just replay all the games and shifts in your head. It?s almost mores stressful than playing. Actually thinking about all the stuff that went on and I think the only thing you can do is move on and get better and come back next year."

Moulson has seen some highlights from saturday's game, but he still hasn't re-watched it in its entirety. "I don?t know if I?m ready for that one yet," he said.

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After last night's loss to the Senators, the blame was laid squarely on the first line of John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Brad Boyes by coach Jack Capuano.

"Not very good. That?s all I?ll say,? he responded when asked by the media about the top line's performance. The line, which has also been used heavily as the top power play unit, had failed to notch a goal for the first time since March 7th, a 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers (but Moulson and Boyes still assisted on Visnovsky's goal last night).

Of course when a coach says he won't talk about something, that gives the media more reason to ask about it again. Capuano responded to the next question about the first line with a lengthy answer:

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SYOSSET, N.Y ? It?s not hard to figure out what the Islanders need to do to be successful in the second half of the season.

?We just have to be consistent and understand how we have to play to be successful,? head coach Jack Capuano said after Tuesday?s practice. ?We show spirts of it, but there is a certain way that we have to play. There is a certain way that our team is built.?

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Over at CBS Sports Adam Gretz asks a question that's been on Islander fan's minds all summer -- what can be expected from Brad Boyes this season? Gretz has two interesting points:

A couple of things to consider:

1) When Boyes had his two best seasons his shooting percentages in those seasons were 20 percent (his 43-goal season) and 15.8 percent (his 33-goal season), by far the best of his career and numbers he's probably never going to duplicate. He topped even 10 percent just one other time in his career and has been below that mark in each of the past three seasons. Even if he plays alongside Tavares and Moulson all season they're not good enough to boost his shooting back up to that sort of level. That's because no center is.

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