Less than a week after expressing his desire to remain with the Islanders, Matt Moulson found himself at the center of a juicy trade rumor that hit the internet earlier this week. The 27-year-old winger knows that remains a possibility but insists he isn’t distracted by the speculation.
“I haven’t really worried myself with rumors like that or anything. Personally I’ve never been a part of them before so it’s kind of funny. That’s professional sports, you’re going to hear stuff like that,” Moulson told Newsday Thursday morning.
Moulson, who the Islanders inked to a one-year $2.45 million contract this summer--was rumored to be on the move to Boston late Monday night. And although that didn’t come to fruition, Moulson knows that the prognosticating will likely persist since he will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
After a breakout 30-goal season last year, Moulson has 14 goals and 12 assists in 44 games with the Islanders this season.
“People need things to talk about. People are going try to predict what is going to happen, no matter what especially with guys that are unrestricted,” Moulson said. “It’s not like I stay awake and think up about it at night. I don’t really think about that at all. “
It is believed that general manager Garth Snow will make an attempt to re-sign Moulson to a multi-year deal before the deadline. According to a source, Snow and Moulson’s agent had already had two discussions about the matter this week.
If the two sides cannot come to an agreement, or if Snow receives an offer from an interested team too good to refuse, Moulson will likely be dealt before the February 28 deadline.
Snow, who declined to comment on the matter, has already traded away top defenseman James Wisniewski and veteran goaltender Dwayne Roloson earlier this season.
“It's always a possibility, no matter what,” Moulson said. “I’m not dumb. I know that if I were a GM that’s something you look at. Hopefully they want me to be part of this team for a while. But it’s always a possibility, no matter what.”