Matt Moulson is going back to Buffalo. The 30-year-old winger who started last season with the Islanders before he was traded to the Sabres and then the Wild has signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the NHL’s worst team of 2013-14.
Moulson scored 23 times during the regular season, 11 of them in 44 games with the Sabres. While his best years came on Long Island while playing with John Tavares, with Cody Hodgson and Sam Reinhart among the young centers in the Sabres’ organization, Moulson clearly saw good reason to return to rebuilding Buffalo.
“I think they have a clear direction to where this team wants to go,” Moulson told TSN. “I love the guys, the staff there. Teddy Nolan is an unbelievable coach.”
Moulson, who grew up close to Buffalo, in Mississauga, Ontario, added: “There’s a bright future for this team, and I’m excited to be there.”
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger