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The Buffalo Sabres liked Matt Moulson so much, after he played 44 games for them last season, that they brought him back as a prize free agent this summer. Custom St. Louis Blues Jerseys . Numbers Game looks at the Sabres bringing in a veteran winger to help their rebuilding plan. The Sabres Get: LW Matt Moulson. Moulson is a 30-year-old winger who was a three-time 30-goal scorer while skating on John Tavares wing, yet there are signs of decline creeping in. While he scored 23 goals and 51 points in 75 games last season, Moulsons shots on goal per game was down to 2.35, after a career-best 3.28 shots on goal per game in 2012-2013. He had three points in 10 playoff games before oblique and groin injuries knocked him out of the lineup. Over the course of his career, Moulson has been a mediocre possession player, which has generally meant good relative numbers while playing for bad teams, Going back to Buffalo, where he had 11 goals and 29 points in 44 games last season, Moulson should be looking at prime ice time, playing first line and power play, because hes one of the few on the roster that has been a consistent goal-scorer in the NHL. Given the supporting cast, it will be tough for Moulson to get back to the 30-goal level that was becoming customary with the Islanders, but the Sabres scored a league-low 1.83 goals per game last season, so any offensive contribution will be welcomed. Theres also a decent chance that, by the end of this five-year, $25-million deal, the Sabres wont be thrilled about the production they are getting from Moulson, as his goal-scoring production is likely to decline as he heads towards his mid-thirties, but whats the real downside? The Sabres are probably a bad team for at least a couple more years and if the supporting cast gets better, as it should, then maybe Moulson can still produce secondary offence as the Sabres eventually become more competitive. In the short-term, the next couple of seasons, if Moulson could hit for 25 goals and 50 points per season, then that would have to be considered very successful. The Wild made up for the loss of Moulson by signing free agent Thomas Vanek who, coincidentally enough, was traded for Moulson last season. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Custom Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys . -- Deshorn Brown scored twice, the first coming 13 seconds into the game, and the Colorado Rapids beat the undermanned Seattle Sounders 5-1 Saturday night. Custom New York Mets Jerseys .Y. -- The New York Islanders were merely content with a lopsided victory.DUBLIN, Ireland -- The International Skating Union gave Ottavio Cinquanta two more years as president, and effectively told him to step down in 2016. Cinquantas term was supposed to end this month, and the 75-year-old Italian reached the maximum age limit. But the ISU Congress in Dublin compromised to appease him by moving the quadrennial elections from 2014 to 2016 at his recommendation, but rejected proposals to change or remove the age limits of its office holders. Cinquanta has been head of the ISU for 20 years. The congress also rejected a proposal to remove judges anonymity in single, pair skating and ice dance. Scoring and the judging system have been criticized as being complicated and open to corruption -- an issue which came into the spotlight when Russias Adelina Sotnikova won at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Custom Uruguay Soccer Jerseys. The teenagers victory sparked a furor when she beat defending champion Yuna Kim, after which calls for an inquiry into the result were backed by a petition with more than two million signatures. Among reforms approved in speedskating, mass starts will be included at the 2018 Winter Olympics, subject to IOC approval, while the 500 metres for men and women at the games will be held over one race only. The world sprint speedskating championships will have a fixed number of participants, 32 men and 32 women. In short track, qualification for the Winter Olympics will be held over four World Cups instead of two. Also, the ISU rules were amended in case the IOC accepts synchronized skating into the Olympics. ' ' '