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Sabres place Matt Moulson on waivers

Sabres place Matt Moulson on waivers
Posted at 10:27 AM, Dec 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-04 11:39:38-05

Matt Moulson may have played his last game with the Buffalo Sabres. On Monday the team announced that Moulson has been waived for purpose of assignment. 

If unclaimed, Moulson will contractually be obligated to report to the Rochester Americans in the AHL. 

Moulson, 34, appeared in 14 games with the Sabres this season, failing to register a point. In 2014-2015, Moulson signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Sabres. Moulson is set to become an unrestricted free-agent after the 2018-2019 season. 

Bove's take:

Although this is a surprise, it's not shocking. It's appeared the writing has been on the wall for years, with Moulson in and out of the lineup as a healthy scratch. 

Since returning to Buffalo it's become more and more apparent that the 34-year-old winger has lost a step. Moulson's best season statistically came in his return to Buffalo in 2014, scoring 41 points in 77 games. Since Moulson has posted 53 points in 176 games.

I'd be shocked if Moulson is claimed, making Rochester the most likely destination. Obviously, the Sabres won't be thrilled paying millions to a guy in Rochester, making the possibility that he's bought out after the season very likely.

Moulson has been an important veteran voice in the locker room and is liked by his teammates. But this move makes sense, especially for a team that could use a spark from some of the younger players in the organization.