The Buffalo Sabres host former coach Lindy Ruff and the Dallas Stars on Monday night, playing their first game since the trade of Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders on Sunday.
As it so happens, both Vanek and Moulson shared the same jersey number: No. 26. So we imagine we’d see many DIY “edited” sweaters at the Sabres game, as fans take their Vanek jerseys, get some electrical tape, scribble “MOULSON” across it, slap it on and welcome the new guy to town.
The Sabres, however, are taking it one step further.
Yep, the team store will take off your Vanek nameplate and replace it with a Moulson one.
Our question: Are there really Sabres fans that would take the team up on the offer?
Moulson’s a good dude and someone who could quickly become a fan favorite. He also could have his bags packed to a third team in one season at the trade deadline, or leave via free agency next summer.
Meanwhile, Vanek scored 497 points in 598 games for the Sabres since 2005.
Look, there’s always a “dead to me!” aspect of fandom when a player leaves or gets traded. Maybe something like this would be more obvious if Vanek turned tail on the franchise and left for Minnesota as a free agent – lord knows there are a few Devils fans that wanted to rip Parise’s name off their sweaters when he did the same.
But as of right now, he’s a Sabres star that was sacrificed to the Rie-build, and a player that’s fifth in franchise history in goals. If I owned a Vanek jersey, I’m honoring that legacy. Or at least going the tape route, with the option for re-sewing down the line.
Don't be that person that just HAD to get rid of Chris Drury's name in favor of Ville Leino ...
(By the way: We acknowledge how pointless this exercise could be, given the Sabres change the look of their jerseys more often than SNL changes cast members.)