When the New York Islanders acquired Thomas Vanek in October, the second thought in everyone's minds -- after "Huh?" -- was what assets general manager Garth Snow could acquire if he flipped the forward at the March trade deadline. We're quickly approaching that time.
Vanek and his agent said last week that he still hasn't made up his mind about whether or not he'd re-sign with the Islanders before the trade deadline. He even added that even if they did trade him, the Vanek would listen to an offer from Snow this summer when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Well, time to get in line, Islanders.
Via Arthur Staple of Newsday:
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.
The offer is believed to be in the same range as Vanek's current seven-year, $50 million deal. That contract expires on June 30.
Vanek has never been a UFA before. He's never had the pleasure of gobs of NHL teams making presentations and trying to woo him to play for their team. If the offer the Islanders made was indeed similar to what he's making now, of course he's going to test the market. Some team out there will be sure to pony up more than $7 million a season for his services, despite his success since arriving on Long Island.
Since lining up with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, Vanek has been part of one of the NHL's best lines. The trio have combined for 70 points together. In 41 games with the Islanders he's scored 15 goals and recorded 38 points.
The Islanders spend just above the salary cap floor every season, so this is a special exception to offer up that kind of dough. But Vanek is a player worth digging deeper into the wallet for. And now that Snow has an answer, he can finally make the trade he should have in October and bring in pieces to fix the blueline and potentially find a solution in net going forward.
Haha... What I tell you. We have one of the worst run franchises in the 21st century of hockey, hands down. Garth Snow is a joke of a gm, for flopping this trade and for failing to resign Vanek.
Here's a list of flops he has made at the helm besides trading for Vanek.
-Trades first round pick for Ryan Smyth, fails to resign him.
-Drafts Josh Bailey, 9th Overall, with players like Karlsson, Eberle, on the board.
-Locks Josh Bailey up to a 5 year 16.5M dollar deal. Bailey's season stats thus far for the Islanders - 52 GP, 5 G, 14 A, 19 PTS, -9.
-Trades up in 2009 for the oft injured Calvin De Haan.
-Drafts Nino Niederreiter in 2010, fails to develop him properly, gives him 4th line minutes and then ends up trading him for Cal Clutterbuck. Another minus player for the Islanders this year. Nino could of been on the 1st line with JT this year, and you could of called up Anders Lee to play on the 3rd line with Brock Nelson.
-2012 NHL Draft - Garth Snow tries to trade all picks in the draft to move up 2 spots. Columbus declines.
This team is a joke, this atmosphere is a joke, and most importantly our ownership is a joke. This is no accountability.