There are a lot of layers to the onion that is the New York Islanders-Buffalo Sabres trade involving Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson, a deal that has the potential to leave the Islanders in a pinch.
The exposure is much greater for the Islanders in this one if Vanek opts to become a free agent next summer.
If they can't sign him, they'll have lost the first- and second-round draft picks they sent with Moulson to the Sabres.
Still, it's not a bad gamble for the Islanders. It's a great deal for the Sabres.