UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- After qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in six years and nearly upsetting the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening round, the New York Islanders entered the 2013-14 season with great expectations from management.
Eleven games into the season, the Islanders have four wins, although they've earned points in seven (4-4-3). But for general manager Garth Snow, it's just not good enough.
That's why Snow made arguably the biggest trade of his tenure Sunday, sending left wing Matt Moulson, a first-round pick at the 2014 NHL Draft and a second-round selection in 2015 to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for left wing Thomas Vanek.
The trade sent shockwaves through the Islanders' dressing room, particularly to captain John Tavares, who is one of Moulson's closest friends and the godfather to Moulson's daughter, Mila. The two have been friends for a decade.