Islanders Get Vanek From Sabres for Moulson, Two NHL Draft Picks

The New York Islanders acquired left wing Thomas Vanek, the fifth pick in the 2003 National Hockey League draft, from the Buffalo Sabres for forward Matt Moulson and two future draft selections.

The Islanders gave up their first-round pick in 2014 and a second-round choice in 2015 for Vanek, who recorded 254 goals and 243 assists in 598 NHL games with the Sabres and was selected as an All-Star in 2009. He had four goals and five assists in 13 games for Buffalo this year.

The Islanders have a 4-4-3 record this season and are tied for second place in the Eastern Conference’s eight-team Metropolitan Division. Moulson, 29, had six goals and three assists in 11 games this year after collecting 30 or more goals in three of the past four seasons in New York.

The 29-year-old Vanek, who is in the last year of a seven-year, $50 million contract, was a co-captain for the Sabres, who are off to a 2-10-1 start.

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