By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Matt Moulson – Signed by the Sabres in 2014
There are few success stories among the Sabres’ major free agent signings over the years. This one didn’t work out very well at all.
Matt Moulson came out of Cornell to sign as a free agent with Los Angeles in 2006, and moved to the New York Islanders in 2009. There he was put on a line with young center John Tavares, and simply thrived. The left winger scored 30 goals in his first three years with New York, and a short season stopped him from doing it again in 2013. In October of that year, Moulson was dealt to the Sabres for Thomas Vanek, and a few months later was shipped to Minnesota as part of a package.
But Moulson’s story in Buffalo wasn’t over. He signed a five-year, $25 million contract in 2014. The forward had 41 points in his first season back, and never reached those numbers again. Moulson hit bottom in 2017-18, when he scored no points in 14 games. The Sabres put him on waivers and loaned him to AHL teams for most of the next two years, he worked off the rest of his contract.
Here’s a look back at his career from 2019:
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