Last night the New York Islanders make a trade. However they have a bigger chip to cash in on. Thomas Vanek will most likely be traded by March, but not if he gets hurt. Last night Vanek was slow to get off the ice after hitting the boards; having his legs pined by Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano.
There has been some talk that Vanek should sit in the press box until traded. It seems clear that the Islanders will not be able to resign the forward any time soon. If traded Vanek should bring back a first round pick in the 2014 or 2015 draft. A pick the Islanders traded to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Matt Moulson. If injured Vanek may bring nothing in return.
Vanek himself has said that he is just being selfish, but it’s not the Islanders it’s him. Here’s a quote from Sportingnews.com” I guess, and wanting to get to July 1 and seeing what’s out there,” he said. “It has nothing to do with this team and where we are in the standings. I think this team has a tremendous upside.”
If Vanek is unwilling to sign the reported 7 year $50 million deal offered by the Islanders he needs to be beached and moves ASAP. The Islanders cannot afford to see one of their biggest assets carted off the ice on a stretcher.