Sabres paying part of Vanek's salary

Thomas Vanek skates in warmups prior to playing in his first NHL game with the New York Rangers at...

Thomas Vanek skates in warmups prior to playing in his first NHL game with the New York Rangers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum October 29, 2013. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 8:23 PM ET

Maybe the Thomas Vanek-Matt Moulson trade wasn't so one-sided after all.

The Buffalo Sabres shipped Vanek to the New York Islanders Sunday for Moulson, a first-round pick and a second-round pick. But there was more to the deal, apparently.

According to Sportsnet, the Sabres will pay nearly 20% of Vanek's $6.4 million salary this season -- he's due to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer -- and kept the same percentage towards the salary cap. Moulson is due to make $3.9 million this season, so the transaction helps balance out the finances.

In addition, the Islanders have the option to defer the 2014 first-round pick the Sabres received to 2015 if it's in the top 10, according to TSN. The second-round pick is for the 2015 draft.

Moulson, who has out-scored Vanek 120-110 since the 2009-10 season, had a pair of goals Monday in his Sabres debut, a 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars. He is also set to become a UFA this summer.

Vanek was expected to play his first game for the Islanders, alongside captain John Tavares, Tuesday against the New York Rangers.

SEDINS TALKING TO 'NUCKS

J.P. Barry, the agent for Daniel and Henrik Sedin, reportedly met with Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis Monday to discuss a contract extension for the twins.

The 33-year-old Sedins are set to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season but both sides appear ready to get an extension done to prevent that from happening. The length of the deal seems to be the sticking point, with the Canucks wanting fewer years than the Sedins.

"Conditioning counts for a lot at this age," Barry told the Vancouver Province. "They're (the twins) loving it (the system) and they've always felt they should be playing more. They're in great shape and will always be that way."

Henrik Sedin leads the Canucks in scoring with three goals and 14 assists in 14 games while Daniel has five goals and nine assists.

The Sedins are in the final year of five-year, $30.5 million deals signed in 2009.

GIORDANO GOES DOWN

Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano is expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to a broken ankle.

Giordano blocked a shot in the second period of the Flames' game against the Los Angeles Kings Oct. 21. He played in the third period.

"It was pretty disappointing when I heard the news," Giordano said. "You almost feel it's a letdown for the team. It's brutal. You don't want to miss any time, but if you do, you hope it's something not as significant as that time frame.

"There's nothing I can do now. I've just got to take care of it."

As well, Flames right winger Lee Stempniak is listed as week to week with a broken bone in his foot. He was injured in the Oct. 24 clash in Dallas.

Rookie defenceman Chris Breen is suffering an abdominal wall strain and is out on a day-to-day basis.

BRIEFLY

Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Radko Gudas had the game misconduct he picked up Sunday against the Florida Panthers rescinded by the NHL, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Gudas was given the gate for taking a swing at the Panthers bench after being squirted with water by Florida forward Scottie Upshall ... Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chuck Kobasew will miss the next 3-4 weeks with a lower-body injury. Kobasew, who signed with the Pens after going to camp on a PTO, has two goals in 12 games ... The Norfolk Admirals signed former Maple Leafs centre David Steckel to an AHL contract. Steckel had one goal and one assist in four games with the Iowa Wild of the AHL earlier this season.


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