Now three years removed from NHL action, Matt Moulson isn’t done his professional career just yet. The 36-year old veteran has re-signed with the Hershey Bears of the AHL for the 2020-21 season. Moulson served as an alternate captain for the Bears this year after spending the last two with the Ontario Reign.
Once a three-time 30-goal scorer in the NHL, Moulson’s career took a nosedive after signing a five-year, $25MM contract with the Buffalo Sabres in 2014. His first full season in Buffalo went okay, recording 41 points, but he’d never reach that total again and by 2017 found himself buried in the minor leagues. In fact, Moulson didn’t even play for the Sabres AHL affiliate, instead requesting a transfer to the Reign. That megadeal expired after the 2018-19 season, with the Sabres receiving a total of 46 goals and 123 points in 297 games from the former New York Islander.
Still, Moulson has accepted his fate and become one of the most consistent scorers in the AHL. Since his demotion, he has recorded 149 points in 179 games and from all accounts been a model teammate and leader. He’ll turn 37 before the next season begins, but the Bears can rely on him to be a force on the wing once again.
With an AHL contract Moulson can’t be recalled to the NHL, but those days are long behind him anyway. His time at the top resulted in 650 games played, 176 goals and 369 points.