The Morning Skate: Trade Leftovers as We Start to Move On

It’s hockey day on Long Island, time to watch actual games as the Islanders take on the Rangers tonight at the Coliseum (game preview to come). It’s probably a good thing that there is an actual, tangible game tonight so that we can all stop yelling about that trade thing that happened on Sunday night. Here’s a final wrap up on some interesting stories that we missed…


Try not to get price gouged at Gulf gas stations, like Eric Hornick almost did.


Vanek wasn’t interested in being a part of the Sabres rebuild, no not one bit. (Yahoo)

Vanek said he was shocked when he received the news after 8 p.m. ET Sunday night from Regier. But he wasn’t surprised.

“We traded pretty much every veteran,” said Vanek after his first practice with the Islanders. “The message was clear that they’re going for draft picks. I think our last game we played four teenagers. Good, young players, but young players take time. I enjoyed my time there, but I didn’t want to be a part of that.”

“You train all summer long, practice every day and you want to be on a competitive team that has a chance and right now we struggled there,” Vanek said. “It’s hard to leave when you do struggle. I was one of the leaders, but at the same time the reality it’s business and I’m happy to be an Islander.”


John Tavares’ thoughts on Moulson getting traded, and in defense of his former teammate. (Eyes on Isles)

“Shocked like everyone else. Big move for a guy that was a big part of this hockey for a long time… As a group, we’re excited about having Thomas and we wish him only the best. Got to move on and be ready to play tomorrow.

“You know, I don’t think Matt’s ever gotten the credit he deserves for a lot of the success I’ve had over the years. The things he’s done so well. The little things he’s done to help my game […] [L]iving together our first year, and door-to-door neighbors our second  year […] the impact he made, him and his family, and how much they helped me off the ice […] words cannot describe how much he was there for me. 


Over at the Score, Dave Lozo has a conspiracy theory on the trade. The Islanders didn’t want to pay both Moulson and Vanek, which is why it was Moulson going and not a prospect (full disclosure; Lozo doesn’t believe Vanek is much of an upgrade). So instead of paying Moulson four or five million, you try to pay Vanek seven because the owner will bite on a $3-4 million payroll increase but not a $7 million one.

In 2013, Jarome Iginla was worth a first-round pick and two prospects. In 2008, Marian Hossa (and Pascal Dupuis) was worth Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito and a first-round pick. In 2007, Ryan Smyth was worth Robert Nilsson, Ryan O’Marra and a first-round pick.

Trades are like snowflakes, but generally speaking it requires a first-round pick and a prospect or two to acquire a talented scorer on an expiring contract at the trade deadline.

His conclusion:

Based on all the other factors, it seems like Regier either fleeced Snow or, at the very least, took advantage of a GM whose owner isn’t willing to spend an additional $7 million over the rest of the season.

I’m not sure I buy all of it, but it’s an interesting take, plausible, and worth the read.


Missed this over the weekend; Rick DiPietro has joined the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers (Carolina affiliate) on a tryout contract.


Moulson and Vanek both wear #26. To make things easy on fans with defunct jerseys, the Buffalo Sabres are offering free name plate switches. Your move, Islanders.


And finally, Ken from Medford retires his Moulson shirt: