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New York Islanders’ Matt Moulson Needs To Stay Beyond This Season

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Over the last few years, New York Islanders left winger Matt Moulson has established himself as one of the more consistent goal scorers in the NHL.

During his time on Long Island, Moulson has been able to hit the 30-goal mark three times in his four seasons with the team. Coming into the 2013-14 season, Moulson is on the final year of his three-year contract extension he signed with the Islanders back in 2011. Islanders GM Garth Snow really needs to get Moulson inked to a new deal that will keep him around for a while longer.

Yes, I know playing on the same line as John Tavares has helped Moulson out during his time with the Islanders, but he has proven to be able to score, and score on a consistent basis. Moulson was picked up by Snow as a free agent as he played parts of his first two seasons in the league with the Los Angeles Kings.

During his time in L.A., Moulson was never really given the proper chance to shine as he played in a total of 30 games in two seasons, recording 10 points. Once he came to Long Island after signing a one-year deal, he shined, scoring 30 goals. Moulson then followed it up with totals of 31 and 34 goals to prove that the first year with the team was no fluke.

By this time next summer, Moulson could either be a free agent or be on another team. The Islanders really can’t take a chance to lose him on the free agent market.

Snow really needs to work during the course of the season on trying to get Moulson locked up. Looking ahead to the possible free agents next summer, there is quite a list, especially at left wing. Next year will see Mike Cammalleri, Thomas Vanek, Danny Heatley, Daniel Sedin and Patrick Marelau all hit the free agent market.

With that much talent hitting the market, a guy like Moulson could also possibly earn a big-time contract.

I don’t think it would be a problem for the Islanders to go out and spend money. What could be a problem is how much they may have to spend on other areas that possibly need to be addressed. So if Snow is a smart man, he should really look into locking Moulson up to a deal before the end of this season.

It will avoid dealing with the possibility of Moulson hitting free agency, which will make it a lot harder to try and bring him back when other teams are trying to make a play for him.

 

Matthew Solomon Covers the New York Islanders for Rant Sports. You can follow me on Twitter!