Report: Islanders will shop Thomas Vanek before NHL Trade Deadline
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Thomas Vanek is expected to be traded before the NHL's March 5 trading deadline.
Newsday reported Monday that Vanek has turned down a "substantial contract offer" to stay with the New York Islanders. General Mangers Garth Snow is fielding offers for Vanek, according to the report.
Vanek started the season with the Buffalo Sabres, who traded him to the Isles for Matt Moulson, a conditional 2014 first-round pick, and a 2015 second-round pick.
At the time of the trade, many Wild fans speculated it would be just a matter of time before Vanek joined the Wild. When Vanek moved to New York, Lou Nanne said in an interview with 1500 ESPN that it could negatively impact that chance. If Vanek likes playing in New York, Nanne said, it could mean an extension is looming. Nanne did not anticipate Vanek resigning with downtrodden Buffalo.
If he's on the move again as a rental player, how does that impact the future plans for the 30-year-old goal scorer?
One Western Conference executive suggested to Newsday that Vanek's potential trade destination wouldn't necessarily be his long-term home.
"He's the kind of guy who'll have teams in on him who know they may not sign him long term," said one Western Conference executive whose team has inquired about Vanek. "He can obviously make a difference."
Vanek's agent, Steve Bartlett, told Newsday he has not spoken with Snow in the past several days.
In 41 games for the Isles, Vanek has 15 goals and 23 assists (38 points) and owns a plus-7 rating.