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Moulson goes back to Buffalo — five years, $25 million

Jul 1, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

Matt Moulson,  Cam Ward AP

Matt Moulson is going back to Buffalo. The 30-year-old winger who started last season with the Islanders before he was traded to the Sabres and then the Wild has signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the NHL’s worst team of 2013-14.

Moulson scored 23 times during the regular season, 11 of them in 44 games with the Sabres. While his best years came on Long Island while playing with John Tavares, with Cody Hodgson and Sam Reinhart among the young centers in the Sabres’ organization, Moulson clearly saw good reason to return to rebuilding Buffalo.

“I think they have a clear direction to where this team wants to go,” Moulson told TSN. “I love the guys, the staff there. Teddy Nolan is an unbelievable coach.”

Moulson, who grew up close to Buffalo, in Mississauga, Ontario, added: “There’s a bright future for this team, and I’m excited to be there.”

  1. numba1wiscosportsfan - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Wow. He might pick his game back up with the right support, but after watching him fall off this postseason was very concerning. Looks like Buffalo got fleeced until proven otherwise…

    • hockey412 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      It’s intentional. He can get to the floor unless he gets fleeced. The term is a shocker, though.

      • hockey412 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:35 PM


    • flyerspsu - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      looking at a lot of the other contracts this is far from a fleecing

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      If his play in the post season is a concern this shouldn’t be a problem with Buffalo.

  2. pjblake2redwings - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    it looks like Buffalo is serious at least about this rebuild but all these signings might cost them the McDavid Draft lottery

  3. canada2014gold - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Yeah guys, he is basically as good as Malkin but he just needs CoHo to help bring it out of him

    • President Charles Logan - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      That ” basically good as Malkin” comment ranks up there as one of the most amusing ever posted in the history of PHT

  4. thesportsjudge - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    I’m sure the money is key, but it says a lot about his character to go back to a team(where he only played 44 games) that traded him away, to sign for 5 years, no less. I liked him before, but I am a real fan of this guy now.

  5. kgun80 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Haha thanks Garth Snow.

    • cantescapekarma - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Yeah I think Buffalo has officially won that trade hands down! They re-signed Moulson and turned one of the 2nd round picks acquired in the trade of Moulson to Minnesota into Josh Gorges. Plus we still have the Islanders 1st round pick next season and we got back Cody McCormick and still have Torrey Mitchell from that trade.
      So Thomas Vanek turned into – Matt Moulson, Josh Gorges, Torrey Mitchell, our 2nd round draft pick this year (Eric Cornell or Vaclav Karabacek (not sure which since both picks were from trades with Minnesota)) as well as the Islanders 1st round pick next year. That quite a haul all originating from one trade for one player.

      • purpleguy - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        Think about those pieces though — which one of those is good for the long term future? Looking at either age or ability, there’s nothing great long term about Moulson, McCormick or Mitchell (who weren’t really wanted by the teams they played with last season, and appear to have been paid above market). Maybe the first rounder, but I’m not sure I’d be jumping for joy in the streets over those players.

  6. President Charles Logan - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    I like to pick on the Sabres but to their credit , they have made a couple nice moves today .

  7. djshnooks - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    No, he’s not Malkin…but he’s one of the NHL’s leading scorers since the lockout.

    But how about Tim Murray? Dude traded Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick for…Josh Gorges, Torrie Mitchell, Vaclav Karabacek, a 2015 1st round pick, a 2015 2nd round pick, Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick.

    The Islanders got Sebastian Collberg and Josh Ho-Sang for Moulson AND Vanek.

    Now, tell me again why somebody was arguing with me that Garth Snow is a “much better” GM than Tim Murray?!?!?

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Vanek was traded before Murray got there. Murray looks to be doing good things but he wasn’t the one to fleece Garth Snow.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Adding on to that, whoever made that argument with you is an idiot! Granted it’s early in Murray’s tenure as a GM but the question needs to be asked: Is Garth Snow the worst GM in NHL history?

      • chanceoffleury - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        Mike Milbury says hello. They’re STILL paying Alexei Yashin for that horrible contract Milbury signed. Meanwhile Jason Spezza and Zdeno Chara wonder what good deeds they did in a past life to get out of their tenure with the Islanders before it ever started. Speaking of people the Islanders are paying to stay as far away as possible, how about when Milbury traded away Luongo because Dipietro was the future of goaltending. The Islanders have probably had the worst managed team since the turn of the century. When you look at a lot of the names that have been attached to them at one time, or the picks they gave up that turned into superstars, you can’t help but cringe. God bless Islander fans that have stuck by them for the last 20 years. They’re the real heroes.

  8. timmyp716 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Meszaros to buffalo… $4mil

    • 19to77 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Cap floor, dude. The NHL literally obligates every team to waste at least a certain minimum amount of money. It’s only a one-year deal. Purely a cap floor move.

      • timmyp716 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        I know this.

  9. georgejarkko - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    I would’ve taken Moulson over Callahan in Tampa Bay for that money.

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