NEW YORK -- Thomas Vanek knew a trade from the Buffalo Sabres was likely. Will Witherspoon Blue Jersey . He just didnt expect to be shipped off to the New York Islanders this early in the season. From one rebuild to another for the prolific goal scorer. Vanek joined the Islanders on Monday morning just hours after the deal that sent him to Long Island for forward Matt Moulson and a pair of draft picks. Vanek and Moulson, who are both 29, can become unrestricted free agents after this season. Vanek, who has four goals and five assists this season, has scored 40 goals twice and was an All-Star in 2009. Moulson had six goals and three assists in 11 games with New York this season. He has 124 goals and 109 assists in 333 games in seven seasons with the Los Angeles Kings and the Islanders. New York general manager Garth Snow declined to say how long the teams talked before the trade. "You have to give up something to get something, and Matt was an excellent player for us the last four years," Snow said. "You have to sacrifice in certain areas to make additions in others. I think thats pretty self-explanatory, and I wish Matt nothing but the best moving forward." The Sabres own the worst record in the NHL and are clearly looking to the future as they continue to sell off veteran parts for building blocks. Vanek was unlikely to return to Buffalo, and was a prime candidate to be sent packing. "I knew it was going to happen sooner or later with the situation in Buffalo," Vanek said. "But when it does happen, initially its a shock. Im excited to come here. Great young team, up-tempo style. Im looking forward to it." Vanek said he didnt sleep Sunday night after being told about the trade. He practiced with the Islanders on Monday morning, taking Moulsons spot on the top line alongside captain John Tavares and fellow forward Kyle Okposo. The Islanders took a risk with the trade, hoping that in the time Vanek spends with his new team he can convinced to make a long-term commitment to stay. No negotiations have started yet, and no conditions regarding Vanek sticking with the Islanders were included in the trade. "I havent gotten that far," Vanek said. "I didnt sleep at all last night, so I want to catch some sleep first, get to know these guys, and figure it out later." Vanek saw the writing on the wall with the Sabres, who dealt Jason Pominville last season, changed coaches, and also could trade away veteran goalie Ryan Miller this season. Buffalo had four teenagers in its lineup for its last game and appear a long way off from competing for a championship. The Islanders returned to the playoffs last season after five years on the outside. New York was knocked out in the first round by Pittsburgh, but showed signs of being on the upswing. With an eye toward Brooklyn, where the Islanders will move in two years, the club is trying to make strides toward greater improvement leading up to that relocation. If Vanek can mesh with the young Tavares as well as Moulson did in recent years, and then sign a new deal, the Islanders would have a potent punch up front. "I want to win," he said. "You train all summer long, practice every day, and you want to have a chance. Right now you know that we struggled (in Buffalo). Its hard to win when you do struggle, especially as one of the leaders, but at the same time reality is setting in and Im happy to be an Islander." Moulson played a key role in the on-ice development of Tavares, who was chosen No. 1 by the Islanders in the 2009 draft. They also were close friends off the ice. "Hes been there for all the success Ive had," the 23-year-old Tavares said. "The little things he does that have helped my game, we were door-to-door neighbours my second year. How long weve known each other. The impact that he made, he and his family, how much they helped me off the ice. Words cant really describe how much he was there for me. "Its part of the game, part of the business, you understand that. Im sad to see him go, but its what the team thought was best. We have to go forward now, starting tomorrow." The Islanders will welcome the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, which will mark Vaneks debut with the team. Islanders coach Jack Capuano didnt have much advance notice of the deal, but once it was made he quickly decided that Vanek would join the top line. "Anytime you trade a top player for a top player, thats where hes got to go," Capuano said. "Hes very skilled, and hes good with the puck. He shoots the puck really well. Hes got good size so, hell start with Johnny and Kyle and well see where that plays out." If it works well, the Islanders hope that comfort zone and a familiarity with New York forward Michael Grabner -- a fellow Austrian -- will make the difference once contract talks begin in earnest. "We havent even had those conversations," Snow said. "Our focus has been to acquire Thomas and get him on a flight here, and get him situated and comfortable and get him ready for todays practice and tomorrows game. "Hes a high-end talent. An All-Star calibre player, big body. He can skate and obviously score goals at an elite level, hes a high-calibre person off the ice, so for us, were getting a great addition to our team." Jared Cook Blue Jersey . But Kobe Bryant borrows a term from former coach Phil Jackson to describe anybody who doubts what the Lakers veteran point guard can do in the clutch. "Thats inherently idiotic," he said. http://www.shopjerseysrams.com/Game-Kenny-Britt-Womens-Jersey-St-Louis-Rams-81-Road-White-Nike-NFL-94.html . A wide-eyed 18-year-old rookie, fresh out of high school, Connolly was just thrilled to be in the league.CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson celebrated a senior class Saturday that brought the program back as a national contender. And the No. 7 Tigers (10-1) thanked the crowd with the kind of relentless, high-powered offence their fans have come to expect in a 52-6 win over The Citadel (5-7). The key to Clemsons offence is senior quarterback Tajh Boyd, who threw for five touchdowns and 288 yards in the final home game of his career. Clemson didnt score on its first possession, but made it to the end zone the next five times it touched the ball. Boyd had touchdown passes of 8, 9, 19, 24 and 30 yards. He ended the game with 102 passing TDs in his career and tied the Tigers record of five passing TDs in a game for the sixth time. Three times Boyd has thrown for five scores in the first half. "Hes something special. Everything hes gotten he deserves," said offensive co-ordinator Chad Morris, the architect of an attack that is averaging 515 yards a game and is on pace to break last years record of 512 yards. Everyone expected a celebration Saturday. Clemson came into the game 27-0 against FCS opponents. The fans cheered every senior who ran down the hill, but the biggest ovation was for Boyd, who owns more than 50 school records as part of coach Dabo Swinneys first recruiting class dubbed the "Dandy Dozen" "It wasnt a very heralded class. But I loved every one of them," said Swinney, who won his 50th game of a career that started as interim coach when Tommy Bowden was fired in October 2008. With the victory over The Citadel, the Tigers have won at least 10 games for the third season in a row. They havent done that since putting together four straight 10-win seasons from 1987 to 1990. Now attention turns to next week and No. 12 South Carolina. The Tigers have lost four in a row in the bitter in-state rivalry. "Weve done some really good things for this program. The senior class has accomplished a lot," Boyd said. "The one thing that no one has done is beat those guys." Boyd would throw for 249 yards in the first half Saturday and stayed in the game until almost the final minute of the third quarter, when Swinney called a timeout so the crowd could give him one final ovation. Boyd trotted to the sideline, got high-fives and a big hug from his coach, then ran almost to the tiger paw a midfield and saluted the fans. He finished 21-for-28. "It was a very emotional day for some of the guys," Boyd said. "I dont think we could have handled a game better, especially the last one in the Valley." Among Boyds more than 50 school records are marks for tottal passing yards, total offence, touchdowns in a game with eight (five passing and three rushing against North Carolina State last year) and most 300-yard passing games. Lamarcus Joyner Blue Jersey. He just missed that mark Saturday, remaining one away from Phillip Rivers Atlantic Coast Conference record of 17 300-yard games. His 102 touchdowns more than double Charlie Whitehurst, who is in second with 48. Boyd was asked if he wanted to stay in and throw on more TD. "Somebody said if you get one more touchdown you break the record. I think I have enough records," Boyd said. Citadel quarterback Ben Dupree ran 23 times for 69 yards, while fullback Darien Robinson ran 17 times for 45 yards. The triple option Bulldogs completed just one pass on five tries, and it lost four yards. The Citadel got two field goals, including one in the fourth quarter on a 21-play drive that took 12:10 off the clock. "Their defensive scheme was the best scheme weve gone against in the four years of running the triple-option," Bulldogs coach Kevin Higgins said. Sammy Watkins caught seven passes for 58 yards and a TD. It might be the last game in Clemson for the junior, who is considered the best receiver prospect in next years NFL draft. Watkins also became Clemsons all-time leading receiver, passing DeAndre Hopkins mark of 3,020 yards set last season. Watkins said the coaches also offered him a solo run down the hill with the seniors. But he refused, saying it wasnt his time. "I didnt want to have that standing ovation. I havent made my decision yet. At the end of the season well see," Watkins said. And on Military Appreciation Day, the Tigers also finally got a touchdown for Daniel Rodriguez, who caught a quick flip as he ran past in motion from backup quarterback Cole Stoudt on fourth-and-goal early in the fourth quarter for the 4-yard score. The 25-year-old junior came to Clemson as a walk on after serving for the Army in Afghanistan. He received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device. The Tigers tried to get him a TD in garbage time in their 56-7 win over Wake Forest, but couldnt pull it off. "We had to get him in there. Daniel Rodriguez -- no better way to get a touchdown than Military Appreciation Day," Boyd said. "We all want to be in the movie when they make one about him." The Clemson crowd cheered almost as loud for Rodriguez as it did for Boyd. "I never expected to be there," Rodriguez said of the end zone. "And when I got there, I never thought I would get there so I just had so much excitement going through me." ' ' '