BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Islanders acquired forward Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night for forward Matt Moulson, a first-round pick in 2014 and a second-round pick in 2015.
The 29-year-old Vanek, a former University of Minnesota star from Austria, had four goals and nine assists in 13 games this season for Buffalo. In nine seasons with Buffalo, he had 254 goals and 243 assists in 598 games. He's in the last year of his contract.
Moulson, also 29, had six goals and three assists in 11 games this season. He has 124 goals and 109 assists in 333 games in seven seasons with the Los Angeles Kings and Islanders.
"Matt, I believe will address our current needs and provide us with support, leadership, scoring, and with where our hockey club is, the first and the second round picks are important," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said.
"Thomas is one of the top proven scorers in the National Hockey League," Regier added. "But with his unrestricted status, I think Matt comes in and right now he's got six goals in the National Hockey League and is off to a good start and is a goal scorer, plays in the hard areas and on the power play. This is more an overall deal which I believe will improve this hockey club going forward."