Category Archives: New York Islanders

The latest on Thomas Vanek

Thomas Vanek is nearing a decision, according to his agent. Which means the Islanders are nearing a decision on whether Vanek, their big early-season acquisition, will be on the move again before the March 5 trade deadline.

Vanek would re-sign with Isles ‘even if they traded me’

Thomas Vanek has enjoyed Long Island so much that — even if the Isles dealt him at the deadline — he’d consider re-signing there if he becomes an unrestricted free agent in July.

Yes, that’s right.

Garth Snow mulls changes as Islanders try to right ship

“We’re looking at all our options,” he told Newsday on Sunday.

“Obviously, we have some key players not performing at a high enough level.

Peter Laviolette a candidate if Isles fire Jack Capuano

The New York Islanders are in the midst of a terrible season and are currently dealing with an eight-game losing streak. That is likely making head coach Jack Capuano’s seat quite toasty. According to Chris Botta of Sports Business Journal, if the Isles were to make a move, Peter Laviolette would be a top candidate to replace Capuano.

Tavares, Vanek click, but Isles still need goalie

In the past week or so, Snow has watched Thomas Vanek strike a strong chemistry with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo on the Isles’ top line, which must have been exactly what he envisioned when he sent Matt Moulson, plus first- and second-round draft picks to the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 27 in exchange for the Austrian sniper. But as the losses mount on Long Island, we can’t help but wonder if watching Vanek and Co. go to work on opposition goalies is only serving to remind Snow what his team’s biggest need is—and was all along—somebody who can stop the puck.

Possible trade options for the Islanders

Given his team’s 2-10-2 skid, there’s room to add just about anywhere, but here are a few names that have been mentioned around the league as trade bait and where, based on conversations with several people across the NHL, the Isles might stand in trade talks:

Ryan Miller wanted on Long Island?

The New York Islanders haven’t lived up to the expectations they made for themselves after pushing the Pittsburgh Penguins to the limit with a seven-game series last spring.

That has GM Garth Snow working the phones.

Maybe Isles should trade for Michael Del Zotto

The Islanders are in trouble on defense — bigger trouble now that Thomas Hickey, one of the few remaining reliable defensemen, is likely out.

The Rangers need to make a change and want Michael Del Zotto to be the one moving out.

Here is a not-so-modest, but sensible, proposal: A real trade between the Isles and Rangers.

New York Islanders GM working the phones

Islanders general manager Garth Snow has had his usual trade discussions with his fellow GMs around the league, but there aren’t many reasonable prices for usable defensemen. Having already surrendered next June’s first-round pick (provided it is not a top-10 selection; in that case, the Islanders can defer it to 2015) in the deal that brought in Thomas Vanek, the Islanders don’t have any big chips to offer for a defenseman who might be available.

Islanders and Predators possible landing sports for Hiller

On Thursday, Anaheim activated Viktor Fasth from his AHL conditioning stint. At the same time, the Ducks assigned Frederik Andersen to Norfolk. During his brief NHL audition, Andersen proved his AHL apprenticeship doesn’t have to be much longer. The 24-year-old went 6-1-0 with a 1.66 GAA and .943 save percentage while sharing the net with Jonas Hiller.

Teams watching Andrew MacDonald

A few teams are watching one of Snow’s guys very closely: defenceman Andrew MacDonald. He’s unrestricted after the season, and a greatly improved player.

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Are the Isles done dealing?

Islanders GM Garth Snow pulled the trigger on a huge trade on Sunday, acquiring Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres, but he might not be finished.

ISLANDERS ACQUIRE VANEK FROM SABRES FOR MOULSON, PICKS

The New York Islanders have acquired forward Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Matt Moulson, a first round draft pick in 2014 and a 2015 second round pick.