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Over the last 36-or-so hours, hockey pundits have dedicated a significant amount of bandwidth to dissecting the Thomas Vanek-Matt Moulson trade, attempting to discern whether either player has a long-term future with their new respective employers, or whether the New York Islanders or Buffalo Sabres "won" the trade.
In an "Ask Matty" column, I believe that the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson offers the most honest--and blunt--assessment of the trade:
Q: What do you think about Buffalo trading Thomas Vanek now and not waiting until the trade deadline? (Jeff Lore)
A: Embattled Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier did nicely to get first- and second-round draft picks and Matt Moulson for essentially a rental player, and he can use Moulson at the trade deadline to maybe get another first-rounder because he, too, is an unrestricted free-agent. Moulson, who had John Tavares passing him the puck on Long Island, will find it a tad more difficult to score goals in Buffalo with nobody nearly as good as Tavares in the Sabres lineup. Vanek is a better sniper, but Moulson is a solid NHL winger who can fill the hole for now. It’s not a deep amateur draft, but if Buffalo can move Moulson, they could still have three first-rounders in June. Question I have: didn’t the Islanders need UFA goalie Ryan Miller from Buffalo more than Vanek? Evgeni Nabokov is a middling tender, at best.
Matheson continues while answering Oilers-related comments, and I just don't know whether Garth Snow can convince Vanek to remain an Islander long-term. As ESPN New York's Katie Strang suggested, Snow made a "gamble" in removing Islanders captian John Tavares' closest on-ice pal from the equation:
added 8:36pm, Sabres press release is below...
Moulson with the tip, off the end glass and off Neuvirth.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
Maybe the Islanders, who began the week 14th in the Eastern Conference, are moving in the right direction. But in comparison to, say, Minnesota or Florida, it seems like turning around the fortunes of this franchise is more difficult than making a K-turn with a battleship.
“Sometimes (winning) is a slower process,” Islanders left winger Matt Moulson says. “Some teams find it quicker. In our case, it’s been slow but steady, a matter of really finding the right people that fit together.”
Moulson is a reminder that a team does not have to be egregious in order to find players.
Of course, Moulson might have been harder to find than most. As a boy growing up in the sprawling Toronto suburb of Mississauga, virtually every team in the Greater Toronto Hockey League cut him. As a teenager, hardly a squad in the 416 or 905 area codes didn’t tell him to take a hike.
When he was 16, Moulson had to drop down a letter, to the AA level, which is not exactly the fast track to having your own hockey card.
Islanders defeat the Stars 5-4 and oh yes, Rick DiPietro suffered a groin injury in the game tonight too.
As most of you know, some fans from some city in Pennsylvania haven’t taken very well to the fact of an organized fan gathering on Friday night, August 19th at Champions on Long Island.
First off, let me discuss what this gathering is for. The official invite page with a summary of the event can be found here. The aim and purpose of this party is to gather Islanders fans who are craving for hockey and can’t wait the 55 more days until the season starts.
On Dwayne Roloson’s success at age 41:
“Maybe he’s just like a fine wine. He just gets better with age. Or something like that.”
—Matt Moulson, NYI forward and Roloson’s former teammate
UNIONDALE, NY, January 27, 2011 – The New York Islanders announced today that left wing Matt Moulson has agreed to terms on a three-year contract.
Moulson, 27, has 29 points (17 goals, 12 assists) in 49 games this season in his second season with the Islanders.
Last year, the North York, ON, native led all Islanders in goals (30), while also establishing career highs in assists (18), points (48) and games played (82). Moulson has yet to miss a game through his two seasons with the Islanders, currently leading the team with 131 consecutive games played.
There are several higher-profile games on tonight’s NHL docket but the Tampa Bay Lightning’s visit to Long Island has my undivided attention this evening (and would still, even were I not tasked with Bolts coverage, nor had I no stifled sentimental attachment to the Isles).
Both clubs have struggled of late, although that doesn’t even begin to tell the tale of the hapless Islanders, 0-9-1 in their last ten and now under the command of a new head coach in Jack Capuano, who was handed the position on an interim basis after Isles’ brass made Scott Gordon the fall guy for their woeful start.
If a team in turmoil is always a dangerous one, what does that say for these Islanders? One would think they’d play some seriously desperate hockey tonight. That said, they’re still the Islanders and whether the players quit on Gordon (as True Hockey’s Andy Strickland reports in his latest installment of Rink Rats), or Gordon truly was the problem or owner Charles Wang and Garth Snow simply ignored the fact that, aside from a few talented youngsters, without injured key pieces Kyle Okposo and Mark Streit, chances for this team’s success were slim from day one, nothing seems to work for this franchise and there are no guarantees.
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Matt Moulson’s OT winner. Was it a goal? Or not? You make the call in the comments section:
via Katie Strang tweet,
An additional source confirms. The #Isles settled with Matt Moulson this morning. 1 year, $2.45 million
from Katie Strang of Newsday,
...as much as Islanders fans may view him as a sudden miracle of goal-scoring, some apparition that magically materialized in the off-season to invigorate a goal-starved team, Moulson endured a lengthy, arduous, obstacle-riddled road to his current success as the team’s top-line left wing and leading goal-scorer.
His circuitous route to the NHL took its first detour more than ten years ago, when Moulson - criticized for his size [he’s now 6-1, 206] and skating - was cut at every single Triple-A and junior hockey team tryout he attended.
Moulson shrugged off the rejections.