Thomas Vanek, the 30 year old Austrian winger, has reportedly declined a deal from the New York Islanders. Vanek, the former Buffalo Sabre, is in his final year of his 7 year contract worth $50 million.
NHL sources told Newsday that Vanek, acquired from the Sabres on Oct. 27, turned down a substantial contract offer from the Isles and that general manager Garth Snow is fielding offers for the 30-year-old wing.
Vanek started the 2013-14 season in Buffalo where he played 13 games and had 9 points (4+5), since being traded to the Islanders on October 27th he has scored 15 goals, and added 23 assists, for 38 points in 41 games played.
Steve Bartlett, Vanek’s agent, told Newsday on Monday morning that he and Snow have not talked in the past several days. Bartlett said Vanek has not closed the door on the Islanders but added that his client “has no real deadline” to let the team know he intends to go to unrestricted free agency on July 1.
If he doesn’t sign a contract with the Islanders he will hit free agency this summer and could certainly get some attention. Vanek has scored 20+ goals in every single season he has played in the NHL (2005-06). His breakout season for the Sabres came in the 2006-07 season when he scored 43 goals and had 41 assists.