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Sabres will waive Matt Moulson

Matt Moulson's fall is leading him right out of the NHL.

The Sabres have announced they will waive the left winger at noon Monday for purposes of reassignment. If no team claims Moulson by noon Tuesday, he will be sent to Rochester.

The decision has been discussed at length by General Manager Jason Botterill and coach Phil Housley.

"We talked quite a bit throughout the last two weeks," Housley said after practice in KeyBank Center. "Just the direction that our team's going, we have to make roster spots and try to push some other buttons and try to get some internal competition within our team."

Moulson has no points in 14 games this season. He has been scratched in 13 others as the Sabres have started 6-17-4.

"It's tough as a coach to make a decision like that, to let a good person go," Housley said. "But under the circumstances that we're in, I'm sure there's going to be a lot of guys affected with the decision, maybe emotionally, maybe it's motivationally."

Former Sabres General Manager Tim Murray signed Moulson to a five-year, $25 million contract in July 2014. The contract runs through the end of next season.

Moulson has 35 goals and 94 points in 253 games since signing the deal.

Moulson was a three-time 30-goal scorer with the New York Islanders earlier in his career, but he has seen his numbers plummet. He has 13, eight, and 14 goals during the last three seasons.

The Sabres do not have salary cap problems, but they will receive a little relief with the move. If Moulson clears waivers, he will still count $3.975 million toward the Sabres' cap. They will get $1.025 million worth of relief from his $5 million cap hit.

"Just with the position we're in we've got to make some decisions about our team and our lineup," Housley said. "Sometimes they're tough decisions. I think we need to focus as a group on our own game as an individual, but certainly these are the tough ones that you have to make in this business."

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