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Vanek joins New York Islanders after being traded away by rebuilding Buffalo Sabres

Monday, 10.28.2013 / 7:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Vanek joins New York Islanders after being traded away by rebuilding Buffalo Sabres

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Thomas Vanek knew a trade from the Buffalo Sabres was likely. He just didn't expect to be shipped off to the New York Islanders this early in the season.

From one rebuild to another for the prolific goal scorer.

Vanek joined the Islanders on Monday morning just hours after the deal that sent him to Long Island for forward Matt Moulson and a pair of draft picks.

Vanek and Moulson, who are both 29, can become unrestricted free agents after this season.

Vanek, who has four goals and five assists this season, has scored 40 goals twice and was an All-Star in 2009. Moulson had six goals and three assists in 11 games with New York this season.

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