Less than a week after being traded by the Islanders, Matt Moulson was back in the New York Metropolitan area with his new team.
Unlike his debut with the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, Moulson was kept off the score sheet as Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers shut them out 2-0. The former Islander winger saw 19 minutes and 14 seconds of playing time, but did not register a shot in the game.
Since being dealt in a blockbuster deal, that sent two draft picks along with Moulson to Buffalo in exchange for Thomas Vanek, Moulson said the adjustment going from being an Islander to a Sabre has been “easy.”
“The organization has been unbelievable with my family so far,” he said after the 2-0 loss at Madison Square Garden. “They keep helping us with figuring things out. It hasn’t been hard at all.”
The 29-year-old also said that he’s already become “one of the guys” in the Sabres locker room. “After the first morning skate I was accepted into the team. These guys are great guys, so hopefully we can figure out the hockey part and get going,” Moulson said.
However, it was still a little tough for Moulson to be back in the New York/Long Island area. Moulson saw his family while he was back in town, and also had former teammate and friend, John Tavares, over for dinner, according to Newsday. “It was almost like saying goodbye all over again. It was sad all over again,” Moulson told the paper.
Moulson and the Sabres return to the metro area when they play the Devils in Newark on November 30th. And he won’t get to see his former team until March 15th, when the Sabres travel to Long Island to play the Islanders.