Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek are now ex-Sabres. Both guys were top players for this team for many years and now both have been traded. They both had similar value, as 65+ point wingers around the same age and same skill set, with Poms being better defensively and Vanek being the better overall offensive player. Between the two trade returns we got for the 2, what team gave us the better package ? The Islanders or the Wild? The Two Returns: Minnesota trades 2013 1st #16 (Nikita Zadorov), 2014 2nd, Johan Larsson and Matt Hackett for Jason Pominville and 2014 4th round pick. (Sabres retain 15% of Pominville's salary ) New York Islanders trade 2014 1st (top 10 condition/2015 1st), 2015 2nd and Matt Moulson for Thomas Vanek (Sabres retain 20% of Vanek's salary) Pominville was traded with 1 full year along with the remaining ~10 games of the regular season and an extra playoff run. Vanek had ~68 regular season games left and a possible playoff run. I think the return on Vanek was much greater. Pominville had the lower cap hit and extra time on his deal yet Vanek brought back the same top 2 draft picks but instead of an average goalie prospect who may not even make the NHL and a potential top 9 forward prospect who is a promising but not bluechip prospect. With Vanek, we got back a 1st and 2nd from an at the moment non playoff team along with Matt Moulson who is a proven 30 goal scorer on an expiring deal with an extremely cap friendly deal at 3.1 per. Moulson at the deadline should definitely bring back a 1st and possibly more. So Vanek is either bringing back 2 1sts, a 2nd and possibly more or 1st,2nd and Matt Moulson long term re-signed long term while Pominville brought back a 1st(which was used to take a very promising top end defensive prospect) 2nd and 2 prospects, one much better then the other though neither that exceptional. So what player garnered the better return?