Quick Analysis on the Islanders trading for Thomas Vanek

Big NHL trades in October don’t come often but we have one here. The New York Islanders have acquired Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres in-exchange for Matt Moulson, 2014 1st round pick and a 2015 2nd round pick, per Arthur Staple of Newsday.
For the Sabres it’s about as good of a haul as they would have gotten at any point getting a first and second rounder, in addition to Moulson who is an unrestricted free agent at seasons end. Buffalo is a mess right now at the NHL level but they are deep on prospects and are very likely to turn around and trade Moulson for a first or second rounder before the trade deadline as I don’t see him resigning there. They have the potential to rebuild the right way.
The trade is interesting for the Islanders who paid a really steep price. They get an elite player in Vanek but lose Moulson who is a very productive player for them. With Vanek being a free agent at seasons end who can walk for nothing, they gave up a ton when it comes to the uncertainty surrounding whether they can keep Vanek long-term. No contract extension is in place.
Losing Moulson is also a blow for the Islanders who has great chemistry with John Tavares and is very well liked in the room.
Vanek has 4 goals and 9 points on the season, while Moulson has 6 goals and 9 points.

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