Matt Moulson will remain a Sabre next season, reports Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News.
Moulson signed a five-year, $25 million deal in 2014 but has struggled since inking the deal. Over the past two seasons he's scored just 21 goals in 158 games, and often found himself on the fourth line. Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray said it was a "tough season" for everyone involved, but expects him to return after the summer. Moulson's best days are clearly over with Buffalo's youth movement, and consistency and conditioning remain the two biggest things Moulson has to work on. Any more seasons like the one he had this year and he will find himself out of the league before long. His fantasy value is close to none.
It was Moulson's first goal since Feb. 16 and only his sixth in 76 games this season. Although scoring a goal is a step in the right direction, Moulson also finished the night with a minus-2 rating. The embattled veteran has spent most of the season on the fourth line and has even been a healthy scratch on occasion. Despite lots of power-play time recently, he just hasn't been very effective, and his signing could go down as one of the biggest free-agent busts in league history.
Moulson, ever the gentlemanly player, had just two minor penalties last year, but now has 16 penalty minutes this season as a fourth-liner. A three-time 30-goal man with the Islanders several years ago, the veteran winger has just five goals in 70 games this season.
Matt Moulson registered an assist in Monday's 4-3 win over Toronto.
Moulson's been a massive disappointment since signing a five-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres and has been a fixture on the team's fourth line all season due to his poor play. After being challenged to improve his conditioning and on-ice production, Moulson has fared better, but will likely finish the season with less than 20 points. He's averaging a little over 12 minutes of ice time per game after averaging 17 minutes over the past two seasons.
Even though Moulson has played fourth-line minutes for the past three games, he gets another opportunity to prove his worth with injuries to key players. He'll skate alongside Evander Kane and Ryan O'Reilly in an effort to jumpstart his offense, which has come far too infrequently after signing a five-year, $25 million contract with the