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Vanek-Moulson deal gamble for Isles, great for Sabres

Buffalo Sabres left wing Matt Moulson (26) celebrates his first goal as a Sabres during the first...

Buffalo Sabres left wing Matt Moulson (26) celebrates his first goal as a Sabres during the first period against the Dallas Stars at First Niagara Center. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:13 PM ET

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.


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