The New York Islanders gave up Matt Moulson and a first-round draft pick for Thomas Vanek. Now, they are scrambling to save face; Vanek doesn’t want to play for the Islanders. There are reports all over the place that the Islanders are shopping Vanek, and hoping to get a first-round pick and prospects back for him.
It’s really too bad for Islanders fans. They have Garth Snow calling the shots, and he is turning the team into a mess. They can’t get players to re-sign, and now he needs to hope another team is willing to pay a high price for a rental player that, by all accounts, is hell-bent on becoming an unrestricted free agent. That alone limits the amount of teams that will be calling the Islanders.
In the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Red Wings may need some scoring help, but it is highly unlikely they want to pay such a high price for the chance to make the playoffs. What about the Flyers, or maybe the Penguins who want Ryan Kesler. Options in the Western Conference are just as limited. The Los Angeles Kings have been rumored to be sniffing around Vanek, but nothing has happened yet. Other than the Kings, maybe the Dallas Stars need help, and there is always the Anaheim Ducks. But, Dallas would put Vanek back with Lindy Ruff, so that’s unlikely.
It seems clear to me that Garth Snow has his hands full, and moving Vanek may not be easy. But, than again with the deadline only a bit over 25 hours away, who knows?