In the NHL's first blockbuster trade of the 2013-14 season, the New York Islanders sent winger Matt Moulson and two high draft picks (a 2014 first-rounder and a second-round pick in 2015) late Sunday to the Buffalo Sabres for sniper Thomas Vanek.
Both 29 year olds have registered nine points so far in the 2013-14 NHL season. Vanek has four goals and nine assists in 13 games this season for Buffalo.
Vanek, a former University of Minnesota star from Austria now in his final year of his contract with the Sabres, has 254 career goals, including two 40-plus goal seasons and two other 30-plus goal campaigns. Moulson has recorded three 30-plus goal seasons on Long Island.
Vanek was well-known for being one of the few remaining bright spots in Buffalo. Sabres general manager Darcy Regier has now traded away Vanek and Jason Pominville in the last two seasons.
Moulson has six goals and three assists in 11 games this season. He has 124 goals and 109 assists in 333 games in seven seasons with the Los Angeles Kings and Islanders.