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Vanek enjoying Long Island, not ready to talk contract

Jan 13, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

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Thomas Vanek‘s time with the New York Islanders is starting to get better. The team has won six in a row and he’s been a big part of that of late.

Vanek, who’s due to become a free agent this summer, is enjoy his time on Long Island but he’s not ready to start thinking about a new contract just yet as Arthur Staple of Newsday shares.

“I’m sure we’ll talk, but I’m trying to stay out of it,” Vanek said. “Until something gets close, I need to focus on the games.”

Vanek’s seven-year, $50 million deal is coming to an end and at 29 years old, he’s in prime position to cash in big one more time.

Lately, he’s been on fire with 17 points in his past 12 games with five of those being goals. That kind of production will get everyone’s attention, especially when there’s a winning streak involved.

It’s easy to see why the Isles might want to talk extension. It’s also easy to see why Vanek might not want to do that at all right now.

  1. mattymarts17 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    I’d love to see them keep him. I mean, that was the plan right? You can definitely see how well he’s been on that top line.. Take a look at Okposo’s numbers as well as Vanek being a point per game guy. It’s time to hand over Vanek some serious money, show future free agents we are serious, more importantly, show the fans we are ready to win.

    • thethorntonstrokes - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Money isn’t the biggest problem here, the question is if Vanek even wants to stay with the Isles

      • jl9830 - Jan 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        Eh it’ll be like every free agent in the history of sports- he’ll go where the money is. The Isles have an advantage because they’re the only team that can offer him 8 years. If they offer him 8 years and $60-64M, he’ll have no problem saying yes.

      • hockey412 - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        Even more than that, can they afford to keep him past the trade deadline if there’s a risk he won’t sign? Given where they are in their evolution, can they take that chance?

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        Vanek is going to Minnesota. It makes sense for both sides and he wants to go back home.

  2. d1122 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Vanek is a talented guy, but I am thinking giving him a long term deal and a huge contract is a mistake, I have a feeling he is going to have some injury issues as the last 2 years he has been dealing with a upper body issue, and once you give him that contract it is going to be more apparent

  3. bufffalojoe - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    D1122 nailed it! I doubt he will stay but if he does 1. A ridiculous amount of money will be offered. 2. Within 3 games of signing he will be out for min of 6 games with a upper body injury only to play a few more before yet again being injured.

    This guy can play when he wants to but is one of the laziest talented players I have ever watched.

    Don’t expect him to forecheck or play defense at all he will be the last man back 85% of the time.

  4. xdj511 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Well if he says that he’s enjoying Long Island, you know he’s lying right there. I grew up on Long Island. Nobody enjoys it there.

    • jl9830 - Jan 13, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      I’m sure you didn’t grow up where he’s going to live. The guy’s going to sign a $60M+ contract after finishing a $50M contract- let’s just say he’s not living in Brentwood or Central Islip.

    • pftfan - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Yeah, a leafy suburbia 30 minutes away from the greatest city on earth. Can’t see why anyone would want to live there.

    • xdj511 - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Next you’re going to tell me that the wealthy have a better way of getting around than everybody else… i.e. the LIE or the Southern State?

  5. flash8910 - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    If he is intending on staying, wouldn’t the talk be about what how nice Brooklyn is going to be?

  6. bcisleman - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    The gist of the Staple piece is that contract talks will heat up closer to the deadline. A lot will depend on how realistic the Isles’ playoff hopes are then.

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