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Report: ‘More than a dozen’ teams have contacted Buffalo about Moulson

Feb 5, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

Just to give an idea of how intense the Matt Moulson sweepstakes are, here’s Chris Botta of the Sports Business Journal:

The only potential hiccup to said sweepstakes is the fact Moulson’s currently on IR with a suspected arm injury. He was hurt last week against Phoenix on a Shane Doan hit/slash, and looked to be in considerable pain upon leaving the ice.

The former Islander, who came to Buffalo as part of the Thomas Vanek trade, has nine goals and 24 points in 40 games for the Sabres this season. He’s in the last of a three-year, $9.4 million deal and rumored to be on the want list of a number of teams at the deadline, so it’ll be very interesting to see 1) how severe this injury is, and 2) how much it affects the bidding war (though according to Botta’s tweet, it doesn’t seem to have slowed things any.)

The Senators have reportedly been kicking the tires on Moulson, according to the Ottawa Sun, and dialed-in Kings scribe John Hoven — from Mayors’ Manor — says L.A. is very interested in acquiring Moulson as well.

Moulson hasn’t said what his plans are for the future, but didn’t rule out re-signing in Buffalo.

  1. stcrowe - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    What a strange trade the Moulson-Vanek deal was. Just months later, both are being shopped around.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      strange for the islanders…absolutely brilliant for the sabres.

      • missthemexpos - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        Considering some of the moves the Islanders have made over the years I don’t think it really was that strange for them.

      • lilroot9 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        I agree the Sabres stole this trade for sure, knowing they could spin Moulson off for another 1st, and get the first of Islanders is amazing! Way better than the 1st they get for Vanek (team trying to make playoffs, will be pick 15 or so).

        The most intriguing part of the trade is the option to defer the draft pick. The Islanders are in the bottom 5 right now, so if they can choose to give the Sabres a #4 (or better) pick or blindly give away their chance at Mcdavid. I like either of those if I am Buffalo. If they get 2 picks in the top 4, they will get some quality players to start their rebuild, and more importantly, those picks won’t help enough to get them more wins next year, so we should be near the top next year too, for the real prize.

        I hope the Sabres trade Moulson, Ott and Miller, 3 more 1st rounders + whatever else, added to the picks we already have…. HUGE draft for Sabres this year and next! It is going to be easy to see the light at the end of the tunnel with a bunch of great picks, even if we are not good for another 2-4 years, the talent will attract more free agents, and we will have the cap room, so they could sign a whole bunch of quality players.

        While we are at it, trade Tallinder and another D man, keep cashing on the returns. Interested to see Murry’s first trade as Sabres GM and what he can pull….

      • bullwinkle88 - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Thank You Darcy!!!

  2. yoc19 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    @lilroot9 – if you think your getting a first rounder for Steve Ott your out of your mind. Hes a Perennial 30 pt. scorer.

    • lilroot9 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      @yoc19 I understand what you are saying, but we got a 1st for Gaustad a few years ago, so I don’t think it’s impossible. If there are 10+ teams interested, one is going to over spend and give up a 1st. Only time will tell, but I say they will get that, but you never know.

      • cmmorgan32 - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Last time I checked, it took more than just Gaustad to get that pick. There’s absolutely no way Buffalo will get a first round pick for just Ott. Like the Gaustad trade, Buffalo would likely need to include at least a mid-round pick or prospect if they hope to get a 1st round pick in a deal that includes Steve Ott.

    • lilroot9 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Steve Ott’s Pt totals for the last few years….

      2008-2009 GP(64) PTS (46)
      2009-2010 GP(73) PTS (36)
      2010-2011 GP(82) PTS (32)
      2011-2012 GP(74) PTS (39)
      2012-2013 GP(48) PTS (24)
      2013-2014 GP(55) PTS (20)

      So yes, he is not a huge point guy, but it’s a similar reason why people would pay Callahan $6M+ / year. His physical play, plays short handed, is the Captain, and gets other players off their game, someone will give a 1st for that and potential to sign to future contract.

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  4. smarshall3789 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    This whole thing by the Sabers has been genius! You got 2 picks out of Vanek now if you can get a good prospect and a pick out of Mouson I’d say you’re doing great!

  5. ron05342 - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    The tweet you quoted from the L.A. Kings blog is three weeks old.

  6. mp1131211 - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Koivu and Heater for Moulson and Miller.

    Ha! I wish…

  7. flash8910 - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    It’s like Murray won the lottery. He was handed the 1st and 2nd round picks from the Vanek trade. Now, he will probably get another 1st rounder for Moulson. Then he could another one for Miller. They could have 4 1st round pick next year.

    Maybe he converts some of them to 2015 first round picks.

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