by Amy Moritz
Seems like there's more to the Thomas Vanek trade than was originally made public.
According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Buffalo Sabres retained 19.5 percent of Vanek's $6.4-million salary, which works out to $1.4 million.
The salary-retention mechansim was included in the recent collective bargaining agreement as a way to help teams close to the salary cap make trades. That isn't the case with the New York Islanders.
Vanek will make his Islanders debut when they play the Rangers tonight.
Other notes from the Sabres practice at First Niagara Center today:
Corey Tropp participated in the full practice today, a sign that the right winger may be ready to move off the injured reserve list this weekend.
"It was good. Obviously it was a long layoff, so it’s nice to get back into practice and do everything rather than just the warm-up drill," Tropp said. "I think next couple days will tell. Then it’s up to the coaching staff and what they think is best for the team."
Matt Moulson had an impressive start in his first game as a Buffalo Sabre with a pair of goals. But that didn't mean the forward got much sleep last night.
"I think my whole clock is thrown off right now with everything that’s happened," Moulson said. "I’m sure once the stress dies down I’ll be getting some better sleep."
The stress of the trade is starting to wane as Moulson settled in with his second practice.
"I was a lot more comfortable this morning. As I said yesterday in an interview, I feel like the hockey guys are a little different than some guys. It’s easy to get acclimated and get used to the guys here. Everyone in the organization has been incredibly nice to me and they reached out to my family as well. I know my wife feels a lot more comfortable after talking to a lot of the wives here. People just going out of their way to make us feel comfortable."