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Matt Moulson said it best when recently asked about the trade rumors surrounding him, via Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune on Twitter:
Moulson was acquired by Buffalo in the Thomas Vanek trade back in October. It's unusual for a team to acquire and then trade a player of Moulson's caliber so quickly, yet Moulson's case in unique.
First, he will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. CBC.ca believes the Sabres will likely have to shell out more than $6 million to re-sign the 30-year-old. That's usually not how teams rebuild.
Second, the Moulson move was made by former GM Darcy Regier. Therefore it's unclear what new general manager Tim Murray thinks of Moulson, nor is he by any means married to the idea of having Moulson in Buffalo.
From Montreal's perspective, Moulson would fill a huge need up front. He's a scorer with size (6''1", 200 lbs.) that would jump right into a top-six role on the left wing.
In 2013-14, Moulson has 15 goals and 15 assists in 49 games. He has 254 career regular-season points in 371 games.
It would obliviously take a lot for Montreal to acquire Moulson and it would be at a high risk. A first-round pick and a prospect would likely get him to Montreal, but then GM Marc Bergevin would have to get him signed to an extension to make it worth the asking price.
Trading for Moulson would be a big deal for Montreal, but the time might be right for Bergevin to make a significant move. The team is facing adversity and it might be time to shake things up.