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Isles scratch Vanek tonight vs. Jets

Mar 4, 2014, 6:39 PM EDT

New York Islanders' Thomas Vanek (26) skates back toward his bench after scoring during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in New York. The Islanders won the game 5-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) AP

The Islanders aren’t taking any chances prior to tomorrow’s trade deadline.

Thomas Vanek is being held out of the lineup for tonight’s game against Winnipeg, Newsday reports. This development comes just hours after Islanders GM Garth Snow moved one of his assets, flipping defenseman Andrew MacDonald to Philadelphia in exchange for a pair of picks.

Vanek is one of the most sought-after commodities on the market and is all but destined to be moved, especially after rejecting a “substantial” offer from the Isles. The Austrian sniper has made it clear he plans to test free agency in July.

As such, the Isles will go into tonight’s lineup pretty depleted. They were already down the services of captain John Tavares (torn MCL) and will now be without MacDonald and Vanek, two of their leading scorers on the season.

  1. imgoingtowichita - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Garth must thank Gilles for being in the NHL taking the worst GM moniker away.

    Hey, with Vanek sitting, Cappy at least knows that he will have players dressed that give a dam.

  2. lowenni - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Used to love Vanek in Buffalo. Now I can’t stand him after seeing his serious attitude issues and what a waste of talent he is. He’s just the same as Kovalev and Semin, he can take over a game when he wants, but most of the time, he doesn’t want to. Wouldn’t want him on my team with that contract unless I’m absolutely DESPERATE for goal scoring.

  3. joey4id - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    He may be traded before the end of the game.

  4. gojetsgo33 - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    What a waste

  5. bluesdroogie - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    he cant demand much knowing that he will be a rental. He has already stated he wants to test free agency. Would not be surprised if he stayed with the islanders for the remainder of the season.

    • rbbbaron - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      Snow just picked up 2nd and 3rd round picks + a prospect for a second-pairing blueliner, who also has an inclination to test the market. Granted that was Holmgren on the other end, but still– you really think no one out there is going to pony up for a player of Vanek’s caliber?

  6. jazz11001 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Welcome to Minnesota …again!

  7. bcisleman - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Word is that Penner and Fasth were traded to make room for Vanek and Robidas on ANA’s roster. Also Nabby is not starting 2nd straight game. Wouldn’t be surprised if he and Vanek are moved with Silfverberg and Andersen plus picks returning.

  8. sjsharks66 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Rumor is he is coming to San Jose.

  9. jazz11001 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Before it was Suter and Parise and now it will be Vanek and Kesler…dynasty forming in the State of Hockey!

  10. sjsharks66 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Yet they are still just a wild card team.

  11. vbcaps - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Where or where will Vanek go, where or where will he be ?? (Tomorrow)

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