Matt Moulson is reportedly one of the hottest commodities in the NHL trade market right now. With trade chatter intensifying leading to the Olympic roster freeze, rumor has it that the Buffalo Sabres have heard from at least 12 teams that are interested in trading for the pending free agent.
More than a dozen teams have contacted the Sabres about Matt Moulson. A lock to be moved before deadline, if not a lot sooner.
— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) February 5, 2014
Twelve teams? That’s quite the bidding war that fresh general manager Tim Murray has on his hands, and it will likely drive the cost of Moulson even higher than it would have been before. The deadline is shaping up to be very seller friendly, with only a small handful of elite players available to contending teams.
Thomas Vanek has been all the rage lately, what with him admitting to turning down a deal to stay with the New York Islanders. Moulson is more than just a consolation prize for squads that strike out in the Vanek sweepstakes though. His contract will require less of a payout that Vanek’s, and he’s arguably every bit as capable of putting up goals as well.
The teams that are interested in the current Islander are likely all in on Moulson too. Squads that could use a scoring forward include the Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings, though no specific team has been tied to Moulson and the Sabres just yet.
Will one of these two valuable trade assets be moved before the Olympics? Stay tuned.
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