Sabres Moulson likes Buffalo and wouldn't mind staying
Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) -- Matt Moulson knows how this business goes, but he also wouldn’t mind sticking around and being a Buffalo Sabre in the future.
Moulson has already been traded once this season when he came from the Islanders in the Thomas Vanek trade. He said there have been no talks with his agent about a contract extension, but he has spoken to Pat LaFontaine a few times telling him that he and his family like it here. Moulson said, “I’ve definitely enjoyed my time here. I think this team is going to be good, I think we have the right guys in place that are going to make this team good and the owners that are willing to do anything to have a successful team, so I’ve enjoyed my time here, my family’s enjoyed their time here and we’ll see what happens.”
As soon as Moulson arrived, many assumed he would be moved again since he’s an unrestricted free agent. The winger said, “You guys in the media as a whole have been telling me that I’ve been getting traded since the first day I got here so it’s something that comes with the business. As a player, you realize decisions have to be made, so sometimes it’s a little stressful, but I think when you tell yourself to just control what you can control, it calms me down a little bit.”
Another reason Moulson would like to stay a Sabre if possible is the changes that have been made bringing in Pat LaFontaine, Craig Patrick, Tim Murray and Ted Nolan. Moulson said, “I think they’ve put a lot of great people in spots where they’re going to help this team succeed and with passionate owners like the Pegula’s, this team’s obviously going to have success in the near future.” Moulson added, I think they’ll do a great job and I think it’s definitely a place that myself and my family would feel welcomed.”
Christian Ehrhoff didn’t sound as convincing. He’s more in wait and see mode and isn’t any more optimistic. The defenseman said, “It’s tough to say right now, I definitely feel comfortable with the staff they’ve installed here, but I haven’t figured out the direction yet and I think it’s really going to show coming into the trade deadline and then the draft and obviously free agency so that’s going to give us a better idea where we’re heading. I hope we make some improvements because obviously that’s not a fun place to be where we are right now.”
Ehrhoff knows what the NHL trade deadline is all about. He feels there will be moves, “I expect changes and obviously there has to be some changes made. We’re in last place in the NHL and that’s not where we want to be, so when you’re in a situation like that you know there’s going to be changes and we’ll all see how that plays out in the next 10 days.”
Ehrhoff confirmed to me that he has the same no movement clause that Ryan Miller has, he can give the Sabres a list of eight teams he will not accept a trade to. With $22-million of the $40-million in his contract already being paid by the Sabres in the first three years of his 10 year deal, his contract makes him an easy trade. The defenseman said, “I don’t get nervous, I know how the business works and deals and trades are part of the business and if the team feels that’s where they need to go, then I’ll accept it, so you just have to be professional about it.”
Ted Nolan thought Ryan Miller would for sure play goal Tuesday against Carolina, but Nolan said Miller didn’t get back to Buffalo until around noon, so there’s a chance that could change.