Sunday, January 5, 2014

Islanders Notes: MacDonald, Vanek

Will Andrew MacDonald be with the New York Islanders a year from now?  That's the question intimated by a recent article in Newsday.  MacDonald sits fifth on the team in points and is the leading scorer among defensemen on the squad.  Could MacDonald be the Islanders' most valuable tradeable asset?   
"There's also the Mar. 5 trade deadline, now two months away (with the 19-day Olympic break in there). If the Islanders can't lift themselves out of the Metropolitan Division basement nor come to terms with MacDonald -- GM Garth Snow declined comment when asked if talks with Peter Cooney, MacDonald's agent, have commenced -- then the 27-year-old defenseman could become the Isles' most valuable trade chip at the deadline."
Katie Strang of ESPN also recently raised a very relevant question surrounding the New York Islanders.  Will Thomas Vanek re-sign with the Isles?  So, what are the chances that Vanek remains with the Islanders?  It's not clear, but as the ESPN article states, many assume that Vanek will opt for "greener" pastures in free agency:
"The 29-year-old Austrian would be a nice piece to play on the wing along superstar center John Tavares for years to come, but if he opts for greener pastures in free agency as many assume he will, Vanek will be remembered as nothing more than a high-priced rental."

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