07:27 AM ET 10.28 | This, Buffalo, is what a rebuild looks like. The Sabres shipped [Thomas Vanek] to the New York Islanders for accomplished scorer Matt Moulson, a first-round pick in the 2014 NHL draft and a second-round selection in 2015. It's a blockbuster swap that would generate headlines at the frantic trade deadline, and it's even more significant this early in the season. ... Moulson, like Vanek, is in the final year of his contract. He is expected to arrive in town for [Monday night's] game against Lindy Ruff and the Dallas Stars, but it's very possible he won't stay long. Pending unrestricted free agents are prime targets to move at the trade deadline, and Moulson is a three-time, 30-goal scorer who should attract interest and bring a substantial return.