A familiar face is back with the Buffalo Sabres.
The team announced on Tuesday that left wing Matt Moulson
has signed a multi-year contract.
Moulson, 30, re-joins the Sabres after finishing the 2013-14 season with 13 points (6+7) in 20 regular-season games and three points (1+3) in 10 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as a member of the Minnesota Wild.
Originally acquired by the Sabres on Oct. 27, 2013 in a trade with the New York Islanders, the 6-foot, 200-pound forward registered 29 points (11+18) in 44 games with the Sabres in the 2013-14 season. Moulson served as an alternate captain with Buffalo.
He was then moved to the Wild along with Cody McCormick in exchange for Torrey Mitchell and two draft picks at the NHL Trade Deadline. He led the Sabres in both goals and points at the time of the trade. The Sabres used one of those picks (Minnesota's 2016 second-rounder) on Tuesday to acquire defenseman Josh Gorges from the Montreal Canadiens.
"[He's] thrilled to be able to come back," Sabres general manager Tim Murray said Tuesday afternoon. "He enjoyed his time here. We were his first choice, happy we reached out to him. He had choices and this is a place he wanted to be."
A native of North York, Ontario, Moulson was selected by Pittsburgh in the ninth round (263rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut with Los Angeles in 2007-08.
In 397 regular-season games in seven seasons spent with the Kings, Islanders, Sabres and Wild, Moulson has recorded 275 points (141+134), adding six points (3+3) in 16 playoff games.
"If he starts as a first-line left winger now and he ends up being a second-line left winger that’s all good stuff for me still," Murray said. "I think we’re a better team today. I think we can provide him with good linemates and allow him to do what he does – and that’s score."
Moulson has been one of the most profilic goal in recent years, Moulson ranks 13th among NHL players with 135 goals since his first full NHL season in 2009-10. In five full NHL seasons, he's been a three-time 30-goal scorer.