Since the New York Islanders traded for Thomas Vanek, things haven’t gone exactly according to plan. He was supposed to be one of the last missing pieces that would push the Isles from playoff bubble team to mainstay, but shoddy goaltending and a hit-and-miss defense has prevented that vision from coming to fruition.
Vanek is on an expiring contract, so it’s been assumed that general manager Garth Snow would move the sniper if the Islanders weren’t in contention for a spot in the postseason.
They’re currently in last place in the Metropolitan Division and are nine points out of third place, which is the last divisional playoff seed available. Don’t expect Snow to start selling his assets though. Especially not Vanek, who the team reportedly will make every attempt to re-sign.
Also #isles have every intention to attempt to sign Vanek longterm. Don’t assume he is traded until that avenue exhausted
— B.D. Gallof (@BDGallof) December 23, 2013
According to Mark Herrmann of Long Island Newsday, Vanek is actually settling in on Long Island. The 29-year-old spoke to Newsday recently, and had this to say about his new-ish surroundings:
It’s definitely different from Buffalo, traffic and stuff. But it’s a nice area. You can find your quiet-and-peace spaces. I do. It’s amazing how close you are to the city and yet it doesn’t feel like city life.
That isn’t to imply that it’s a sure thing that Snow will be able to keep Vanek in an Islanders uniform, but if the manager has proven any particular skill, it’s the ability to convince players of New York’s plans moving forward.