As part of the trade that sent Thomas Vanek to the Islanders in October, the Islanders owe the Buffalo Sabres a first round pick. Per a stipulation in the trade, the Islanders have the option of giving Buffalo either their 2014 first round pick or their 2015 first rounder.
Last night Garth Snow, Doug Weight and other Islanders were at Westbury Manor to meet with fans. According to Rob Del Muro, a producer for News 12 who was in attendance, Snow wouldn’t fully commit to retaining the 2014 pick but it seemed like it was a very likely scenario.
As for the other part of the Vanek deal, Matt Moulson, Del Muro tweeted that Snow said he wasn’t willing to pay Moulson’s price.
The Islanders will have the 5th overall pick this June, should they choose to hold onto it. They have until June 1 to notify the Sabres and the league as to which pick they are going to keep.