It’s inevitable that by the March 5 trade deadline, general manager Garth Snow will trade Vanek
It’s inevitable that by the March 5 trade deadline, general manager Garth Snow will trade Vanek, now even more so in the wake of star center John Tavares’ injury, sustained while playing for Team Canada en route to its gold medal. The Islanders are 12 points out of a playoff position with six teams to leapfrog as the final 22-game stretch begins on Thursday with the Maple Leafs at the Coliseum.
While playing for his native Austria, Vanek saw Tavares in Russia, and said the Isles captain took the news of his torn MCL and torn meniscus, which ended his NHL season, rather hard. Vanek also created a bit of a scandal when he and his teammates were said to have partied into the early-morning hours after a group-stage win over Norway last Sunday.
It was followed two days later with a 4-0 loss to Slovenia in the elimination round, leading many in the European media to run with the story.