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.
It’s getting more and more difficult to convince anyone that perception of the Islanders is any different than their true reality.
For a franchise that’s had several low points over the past two decades, March 5, 2014, might’ve been the lowest from an emotional perspective.
The Islanders knew for some time they had to trade Thomas Vanek. On Wednesday they put a daring-yet-failed move behind them.
With the NHL trade deadline coming on Wednesday at 3 p.m., the fates of the Islanders’ Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald remain up in the air.
Scottie Upshall scored twice in the third period as part of a four-goal Panthers surge and Florida downed the New York Islanders 5-3 on Sunday.
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.
Thomas Vanek scored a power-play goal with 4:38 left, and the New York Islanders rallied from two goals down for a second straight day and beat the New York Rangers 5-3 on Tuesday night.
It might be snowing and freezing outside, but the atmosphere will almost certainly be heated Tuesday night inside Madison Square Garden.
The Islanders have many problems, but they’ve shown over the last month that when they are good, they are very good.
According to a report, Lubomir Visnovsky, who has missed all but eight games this season due to a concussion, has been skating on Long Island while the Islanders have been on their current six-game road trip.