For most teams, the offseason begins when the Stanley Cup Final ends. The New York Islanders, however, are not like most teams. For better or for worse, their situation is unique, something general manager Garth Snow is fully aware of.
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.
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.
Matt Moulson and Matt D’Agostini scored power-play goals to lead the Buffalo Sabres past the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Saturday night.
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.
The Islanders acquired forward Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night for forward Matt Moulson, a first-round pick in 2014, and a second-round pick in 2015.
The Islanders have reportedly pulled off a megatrade that sends scoring ace Thomas Vanek from Buffalo to Long Island.
Josh Bailey’s goal with 1:40 left capped the Islanders’ furious third-period rally, and New York edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Friday night.
It’s hard to believe that, after all that’s transpired over the past six days, the New York Islanders (3-2-2) haven’t lost any ground in the Metropolitan Division standings.
The New Jersey Devils began the season with just one point in their first two games, a 3-0 loss in Pittsburgh and a 4-3 shootout defeat at home against the Islanders.
It became obvious to me that both Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson deserved to make the cut. However, the better player didn’t get the job, as far as I’m concerned.
John Tavares scored two first-period goals, leading the New York Islanders to a 6-4 preseason victory against the Nashville Predators on Friday night.
Islanders forward Josh Bailey is entering his sixth NHL season. The 23-year-old from Bowmanville, Ontario is working his tail off to ensure it’ll be better than the previous five.