New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow laid down a huge bet Sunday night by pulling off a blockbuster trade with Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier, who was all too happy to make the deal.
Snow told Newsday that he was not happy with the team's record (4-4-3) and the way it had been playing, so clearly he felt the need to shake things up. He said the Islanders "need to take the next step" and indicated Vanek will help them get there.
But Vanek and Moulson are currently scheduled to be unrestricted free agents after the season. Neither is a lock to re-sign with their new teams, and that's why this trade is such a coup for the Sabres and a risk for the Islanders.