Thomas Vanek recently turned down a lucrative contract offer from the New York Islanders and the team is looking into trading the impending unrestricted free agent forward, according to a report in Newsday. The newspaper reported Monday that Vanek turned down an offer believed to be similar to his seven-year, $50 million contract which expires at the end of the 2013-14 season.
The Islanders acquired Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 27 in a trade for forward Matt Moulson, a 2014 first-round pick and a 2015 second-round pick. In 41 games with the Islanders, the 30-year-old has 15 goals and 38 points.
Steve Bartlett, Vanek's agent, told Newsday on Monday he and Islanders general manager Garth Snow have not talked in the past several days. Bartlett said Vanek has not told the Islanders he would not sign an extension prior to hitting free agency in July.
"I understand we're getting close to the time where Garth may feel he needs to act," Bartlett is quoted as saying."
I'm going to say Ottawa, Montreal and Philly in the East would show interest. Guessing Minnesota and Vancouver in the West should speak to Snow about Vanek. CapGeek says most of those teams would have to move some salary out.
Where do you think Vanek goes ?