Thomas Vanek has reportedly turned down a sizable contract offer from the New York Islanders, leaving general manager Garth Snow in limbo as the Olympic break approaches. Arthur Staple of Long Island News Day heard from NHL sources that the 30-year-old sniper didn’t ink an extension that is believed to be in line with his current seven-year, $50 million deal.
More details, as per Staple’s report:
Steve Bartlett, Vanek’s agent, told Newsday on Monday morning that he and Snow have not talked in the past several days. Bartlett said Vanek has not closed the door on the Islanders but added that his client “has no real deadline” to let the team know he intends to go to unrestricted free agency on July 1.
This puts Snow and the Islanders in a bit of a predicament. The team has been playing some strong hockey lately and only sits ten points out of the Metropolitan Division’s final playoff seed. New York is also ten points behind the final Wild Card spot. That is a sizable mountain to climb, but not impossible.
Will Snow hang onto Vanek in hopes of making the postseason, or will he sell him to the highest bidder? He traded several notable assets to the Buffalo Sabres to secure the sniper, so it seems unlikely that he’d be willing to lose both Vanek and Matt Moulson for nothing.
Snow has a long history of convincing pending free agents to spend their future on Long Island. Can he work his magic one more time on Vanek? Only time will tell.
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