Island Nucklehead wrote:
Vanek has way more top shelf talent than Moulson
Could be a deadly combo with one of the best young player in the game in Tavares
Agreed. But is the 5 extra goals he gets you vs. Moulson really worth the 1st and 2nd rounders?
Moulson: 304 GP 118 G
Vanek: 280 GP 110 G
Over their careers Vanek is a .42 G/GP (34.44 goals over 82 games), while Moulson is .37 G/GP (30.34).
If NYI can re-up Vanek and he shows chemistry with Tavares, they win this deal. But that's a lot to give up for a rental player, imo.
Don't underestimate the Tavares Factor in regards to Moulson's production.
Vanek carried the Sabres, Moulson did not
carry the Fishsticks.
Those 4 extra goals per year/career are significant as well.
Having said that, I like this deal for both teams.
Two teams going in different directions.
Buffalo is clearly tanking and they probably flip Moulson at the deadline.
Meanwhile, the Isles will do whatever they can to re-sign Vanek.
I'm guessing he's good pals with fellow Austrian Gatling Gun Grabner.
That and finally
having a world-class centre in Tavares just might do the trick!
LOFL at Hodgson though.