Andrew MacDonald is going to shoot for a contract that pays him in the neighborhood of $5 million per season during the offseason. He just isn’t going to get it from his current team, the New York Islanders.
The Islanders traded for Thomas Vanek because of one simple reason: They are not the Rangers. They cannot sit back and let name recognition sell the franchise. They need to roll the dice to take the next step.
For weeks, the hockey world was kept on edge about 30-year-old winger’ Thomas Vanek’s fate. He has made his decision, and the aftershocks are being felt all across Long Island.
Thomas Vanek has rejected a substantial offer from the Islanders and could soon be traded. The team is now fielding offers for the 30-year-old forward, according to a report.
Sooner or later, Garth Snow is going to have to make a decision, which likely will be the only decision he can make if things don’t change. Thomas Vanek is the only person who can alter that decision.
The sports-centric saying “it’s getting late early” is a mantra the Islanders operate under, mostly because they always seem to put themselves in perilous situations early in seasons. That applies to the Thomas Vanek situation as well.
We know the Islanders want to succeed, but they need to start winning games. That’s all that matters now. Moral victories don’t get you points in the standings. Actual victories do.
The New York Rangers have been miserable, but at least they have hope of turning it around and saving their season. The New York Islanders are a different story.
The Islanders are where they are right now for one simple reason — and it has little to do with injuries. As far as success this season was concerned, the front office mismanaged this thing from the start.
Having dropped eight of their last ten games, the New York Islanders are officially in trouble.
The question of whether or not Kevin Poulin is a franchise goaltender will be answered in due time. What we do know is that he has an immense amount of potential.
Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Islanders are an amazingly bad 7-18-5 in November.
If you want to be the kind of team that Thomas Vanek will want to continue playing for, then you need to plug up the holes. That means trading for a top-four shutdown defenseman.
Vanek saw the writing on the wall with the Sabres, who dealt Jason Pominville last season, changed coaches, and also could trade away veteran goalie Ryan Miller this season. He’s happy to be an Islander.
Islanders fans may struggle for a while accepting the fact that one of the most popular players in franchise history is gone, but the truth is Thomas Vanek is a world-class player. Matt Moulson is not.