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Report: Isles can defer 2014 first-round pick traded to Buffalo if it’s a Top 10

Oct 29, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

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More details have emerged about Sunday’s trade that sent Thomas Vanek to the Islanders from Buffalo for Matt Moulson, a first-round pick in 2014, and a second-round pick in 2015.

Not only did the Sabres retain part of Vanek’s salary in the deal, as per Sportsnet’s report earlier today, they also gave the Islanders an insurance policy of sorts:


TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun added Tuesday that if the 2014 first-round draft pick acquired by Buffalo in the deal ends up being a Top 10 selection in June, the Islanders would have the option to defer the pick to the 2015 draft.

So basically, if the Isles stumble badly this season, they’re off the hook. Not that that’s their intention, but it’s nice to be covered, right?

Related: What’s Garth Snow thinking?

  1. missthemexpos - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Information on this trade continues to trickle out, what new tidbit will tomorrow bring?

  2. ibieiniid - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    why is the NHL the only league where you don’t immediately get full details of trading? not talking about conditional picks, but about how “details emerge” instead of teams just telling us who and what they traded for.

    this is a legit question. seems like since we’ve already seen a game with Moulson the trade’s finalized… why must details emerge?

    • ibieiniid - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      well, it might not be the only league that happens in… but the only one I just read a story about lol

  3. travishenryskid - Oct 29, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Wouldn’t be the worst thing. 2015 is where you want the 1st rounders anyway.

  4. killerpgh - Oct 29, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    If I’m remembering correctly the Isles wouldn’t have to technically have a horrible season to get a top ten pick. With the new CBA every team that misses the playoffs now has a chance at the lottery.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Hmm. Mr. Snow looks less dumber by the minute.

    • bullwinkle88 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:54 AM

      Not really. A 2015 pick is better than a 2014 one for obvious reasons.

  6. pi2000 - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    this changes nothing. Sabres win.

  7. nickwire - Oct 29, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    it would play to form if new York defers to 2015. why they would even negotiate that into it is beyond me. 2015 has the supposed next great player (and live, he is staggering) so why even have an option to lose your own pick that season by your own stupidity?

    • lilroot9 - Oct 29, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      So the way I see it, he left himself options, such that if it is a top 10 this year (i.e. #1) he can opt to keep it this year and blindly give up next year. If it is pick #10, he can still say, you can have it and take his chances for “the best draft year ever” (or next year for us regular folk).

      As a Sabres fan, I think Regier killed this deal for us, largly because both of those players are similiar if not the same, Vanek has more talent, but the price tag (for re-signing) would be too high for my blood. I don’t hate this ability for the Isles to defer, because we get a #1 from them one way or another (and a second next year).

      I liked Vanek, he was our best player, but he was not going to re-sign, so we needed to move him, hence why I am happy about the deal. I like Moulson, but if they can’t re-sign him before trading deadline, we could always flip him too (would rather not, but it’s an option).

      Not a Darcy fan, but he sure can win a trade, can’t be too mad. And this young guys look like they have potential, so he has done a nice job the last few seasons.

      Go Sabres!

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