Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Vanek Not Concerned About Trade Possibility

Thomas Vanek understands the pro hockey business.  He has been traded once this season, and fully understands that he could be traded again, prior to March 6.  His goal-scoring skills are a valuable asset to any team, particularly one in contention for the playoffs.  And with Vanek in the last year of his contract, and the Islanders not currently in a position to make the playoffs this season, although that could change if they begin to increase their win-rate, there is a chance that he would be moved for prospects and/or draft picks.

But, that said, Vanek is happy in Long Island, according to a recent interview published on NHL.com by Dan Rosen.  In the interview, when asked about reaching a comfort level with the Islanders, Vanek indicated he thinks he has done so:
It's nice to feel comfortable, to call a place home, and it takes a while to get that.
And not only is he getting more comfortable with the area, he is getting more comfortable with his team.   In 28 games with New York this season, Vanek has 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists), and has ridden a nine-game point streak dating back to December 20.

So will he remain in Long Island?  If GM Garth Snow thinks that Vanek's production can help the team long-term, they will certainly have cap room available to sign him long-term.  If Vanek is not traded by March 6, chances are positive that he will remain with the Islanders for years to come.  

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