Add the Detroit Red Wings to the list of potential Thomas Vanek landing spots. The sniper recently turned down a substantial offer from the New York Islanders, citing a desire to test the free agent market. To his credit, Vanek has been very open about his reasoning behind turning down the offer and hasn’t played coy at all.
Garth Snow still has little choice but to deal the 30-year-old Austrian. He gave up too much to risk losing Vanek for nothing, and he’s currently fielding calls for the player.
According to Eklund at HockeyBuzz.com, the Red Wings are “in on” Vanek and could be gearing up to make a trade any day now. This isn’t too surprising for a variety of reasons.
For starters, Detroit has struggled to stay healthy all season long. To make matters worse, several of the team’s veterans have more or less vanished and aren’t contributing on a nightly basis. Stephen Weiss hasn’t played since December 10, Jordin Tootoo and Mikael Samuelsson are buried in the minors and the likes of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have struggled to remain healthy throughout the campaign.
Despite icing a young, mostly inexperienced lineup, the Red Wings are still alive in the playoff hunt. Bolstering their lineup with Vanek could be the difference between fighting off an upstart like the Columbus Blue Jackets and taking part in the draft lottery for the first time since early 90′s.
Snow knows exactly what he wants for Vanek, so the onus seems to be on Detroit to make a pitch or inquire elsewhere for scoring help.
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