The official Olympic trade deadline is set for 3:00PM tomorrow, and according to Montreal reporter Renaud Lavoie, the Islanders are pushing hard to trade Thomas Vanek before then.
Islanders are trying hard to trade Thomas Vanek before the Olympic trade deadline (3pm Friday)
— Renaud Lavoie (@LavoieRenaud) February 6, 2014
Earlier this year, the Buffalo Sabres traded 30-year old Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders in exchange for Matt Moulson. Not often does a player get traded twice in a year, but it looks like that’s going to be the case.
Vanek recently turned down a seven-year contract extension from the New York Islanders worth $50 million.
“I’m sure people will look at it and say, ‘Wow, that’s crazy by him,’ or whatever. As I’ve told Garth [general manager] before… it’s like a breakup: It’s not you, it’s me. And it really is me wanting to explore this.” [NHL.com]
Here are some teams that could be interested in trading for Vanek:
Los Angeles Kings
Vanek would be a perfect fit for LA. The Kings have been in a scoring drought lately, and Vanek could just be the offensive weapon the Kings need to jump the standings.
The Minnesota Wild are just hanging on to a playoff spot, and a difference between the seventh place Wild and the first place Anaheim Ducks is…goals. The Ducks have 191 goals this season, whereas the Minnesota Wild have only 142. That’s not bad, but Vanek could definitely contribute to scoring more goals.
Detroit Red Wings
Not anymore. Even though Vanek in a Red Wings sweater would be amazing, it’s been reported that the Red Wings are no longer interested in him.
The Canucks could use Vanek’s offensive abilities, especially being the eight seed in the Western Conference.