TSN TV Schedule TSN2 TV Schedule
Blogs

Numbers Game: Sabres bring back Moulson

Scott Cullen
7/3/2014 3:45:57 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

The Buffalo Sabres liked Matt Moulson so much, after he played 44 games for them last season, that they brought him back as a prize free agent this summer.

Numbers Game looks at the Sabres bringing in a veteran winger to help their rebuilding plan.

The Sabres Get: LW Matt Moulson.

Moulson is a 30-year-old winger who was a three-time 30-goal scorer while skating on John Tavares' wing, yet there are signs of decline creeping in.

While he scored 23 goals and 51 points in 75 games last season, Moulson's shots on goal per game was down to 2.35, after a career-best 3.28 shots on goal per game in 2012-2013. He had three points in 10 playoff games before oblique and groin injuries knocked him out of the lineup.

Over the course of his career, Moulson has been a mediocre possession player, which has generally meant good relative numbers while playing for bad teams,

Going back to Buffalo, where he had 11 goals and 29 points in 44 games last season, Moulson should be looking at prime ice time, playing first line and power play, because he's one of the few on the roster that has been a consistent goal-scorer in the NHL.

Given the supporting cast, it will be tough for Moulson to get back to the 30-goal level that was becoming customary with the Islanders, but the Sabres scored a league-low 1.83 goals per game last season, so any offensive contribution will be welcomed.

There's also a decent chance that, by the end of this five-year, $25-million deal, the Sabres won't be thrilled about the production they are getting from Moulson, as his goal-scoring production is likely to decline as he heads towards his mid-thirties, but what's the real downside?

The Sabres are probably a bad team for at least a couple more years and if the supporting cast gets better, as it should, then maybe Moulson can still produce secondary offence as the Sabres eventually become more competitive.

In the short-term, the next couple of seasons, if Moulson could hit for 25 goals and 50 points per season, then that would have to be considered very successful.

The Wild made up for the loss of Moulson by signing free agent Thomas Vanek who, coincidentally enough, was traded for Moulson last season.

Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook.




Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard are paving new ground for Canadian tennis and 17-year-old Francoise Abanda could be Canada's next breakout star. More...

Podcasts

TSN 1050: Gamenight: July 29 - Isaac Lowenkron

To break down the impending sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, Clippers radio host Isaac Lowenkron joins Gamenight this hour.

TSN 1050: Gamenight with Andy McNamara and Dave McCarthy: July 29 - Simon Tsalikis

Simon Tsalikis of TSN 690 in Montreal joins Gamenight this hour to discuss P.K. Subban, and looming decisions regarding his future in Montreal.

TSN 1050: Scott MacArthur: 1-on-1 with Kevin Seitzer

TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter Scott MacArthur goes one-on-one with Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach Kevin Seitzer.


More Podcasts

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television