The Islanders have sent Matt Moulson and two draft picks to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Thomas Vanek.
The news was announced Sunday night after the Islanders lost 5-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Moulson has played on Long Island since the 2009-10 season and in 11 games with the Islanders this season he’s recorded six goals and three assists. Also in that span Moulson has missed just one game.
“We had opportunity to acquire an elite player and given where we we are right now (.500), you go for it,” Snow told TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
Vanek has appeared in 13 games this season and has recored five goals and five assists in Buffalo. Since 2005, Vanek has been a consistent 20-plus-goal scorer for the Sabres.
Vanek’s agent, Stephan Bartlett told McKenzie that there is no contract extension in place, but his client is “excited to be an Islander.”
After the trade was announced Michael Grabner tweeted a goodby to his now former teammate. “All the best to @MMoulson who was a great teammate/friend,on his new journey..also wanna welcome fellow Austrian @T_Vanek26 to @NYIslanders
Islanders General Manager Garth Snow will address the media on Tuesday at 10:40.