Vanek

Staple: Vanek turned down ‘substantial offer’ from Isles

Thomas Vanek has turned down a “substantial offer” from the Islanders, according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple. Staple writes that the offer was in the range of Vanek’s current $50 million, 7-year deal.

Staple said the Isles will try to move Vanek by the deadline on March 5. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year.

The Isles and Vanek have been discussing an extension, and he was reportedly “impressed” and “comfortable” with the team.

Vanek came to the Isles, from Buffalo, on October 27 in a trade for Matt Moulson, a conditional 2014 first-round pick and 2015 second-round pick.

In 41 games with New York, Vanek has 15 goals, 23 assists and is a +7 on the ice.




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Adam Wessinger
Adam Wessinger

This is a blessing in disguise.  Vanek is not worth that type of money for that long.  He was offered his last contract because they were paying him for what he was going to do.  This contract he will be payed for what he did in the past.  As much as I wanted him to be, he is not in the same category as guys making more than 7 million per year.  Move Vanek for a first rounder, decent prospect, and an nhl player,  plug whoever you want with JT and KO (probably going to be Bailey or Clutterbuck, but I would put Strome there), and move MacDonald for a first rounder or a high caliber prospect. 

TonyM
TonyM

                    Move Vanek before the Olympic break!  If the offer to Vanek is true you are basically paying 50mil to a 30yr old for perhaps three or four good seasons before his skills start to diminish! That being said it would have been nice to resign him but Snow took a gamble and lost! At this point the Kings would probaly be willing to give up the most for an UFA as they are in a desperate need for scoring. If the Isles can recoup a #1 pick for Vanek  it would lessen the sting of losing him. But Snow was foolish in assuming in could resign him when the trade was made!

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

How could this happen? So many Islander fans signed him!

CaptainT
CaptainT

i dont get why every1 thinks that the islanders wont get anything for vanek. moulson is gonna get a first and a good prospect at least. desperate teams (kings) in need of scoring may even give more to outbid other teams. bottom pairing defenseman get 2nd rounders at the deadlines (murray, ian white, rome). vanek is a bona fide top line player and much better than moulson. if a team thinks they have a chance to outbid minnesota for him they may give a fortune. there is noone on his level in free agency and since he will be traded to a contender he may like the success and sign with that team. snow can get alot for him. amac also can even fetch a 1st bc he has minimum salary and is prob open to getting extended

Billy T Moore
Billy T Moore

I'm not surprised..abit disappointed but if Vanek wants to go then trade him and get something for him..its not rocket science!!..a good big physical stay at home at home defense man or a good young goalie is what we've needed all along...Do something right this year wang/snow....you guys are as bad as the weatherman..wrong most of the time but you still have a job

dimaio34
dimaio34

Put bailey on top line and sit VANEK. Get bailey going. WOW!!!!! What just happened today. We as fans who pay the islanders need a explanation from mgmnt about this decsion

dimaio34
dimaio34

So this is a sad sad day. Did not think he would turn it down. So I say don't play him just trade him. Can't risk a injury. Pretty rough considering how good this line is!! To be honest I'm at loss for words. Usually I can be optimistic about anything islanders but not now. Just saying that this is a brutal feeling. For crying out loud. Why is it always thus team. We got JT and every year we lose the guys that play well with him. First it PA. Then boyes then Moulson now VANEK. I'm punched in the gut

wvAL
wvAL

Package Vanek and Grabner and get some Canadian muscle in here

njersey
njersey

Okposo needs to get Bailey in the gym with him and JT this off-season.... Pathetic, I know, but these are the type of players we are going to have to root for..... Man, IT SUCKS BEING A FAN OF THIS CLUB ..... REALLY SUCKS !!!!

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

Between 1980 and 1984, the Islanders won 19 consecutive playoff series. They've APPEARED in 15 since.


For the several consecutive year, the future is bright! The Islanders will be much better and a playoff team next year!

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

LMAO Kool Aiders according to Botta Vanek is willing to take less money to get the F outta here....thanks Garth!!!!

njersey
njersey

Islanders fans - Don't blame Vanek for this news.... He will be the BEST goal scorer available this off-season and he is thirty... He waited his entire career for this time... An organization as pathetic as the ISLES ARE (my favorite team in sports), they have to BLOW HIM AWAY..... PERIOD - If this is in fact the offer - IT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH.... THINK ABOUT IT FANS....  YOU ALL HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING SPORTS FOR A LONG TIME.. SOME CLUBS HAVE TO OVER-PAY.... ie-NY METS for example ......

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

I'm glad there are bigger Islander fans than me. Because Mr. or Ms. Biggest Islander Fan In The World, you have it rough!

dkdk
dkdk

I think Helen Keller broke this one a couple of days after we acquired him.

So it isn't the money, it isn't the arena, it isn't a superstar center. What is left? No faith in ownership and mgmt?

But since there were 3-4 people repeatedly saying don't worry he is clearly resigning here .......

Rich Colacino
Rich Colacino

@Adam Wessinger  AMac has no value!.....1st rder?? top prospect?? He's a AHL player and nobody is giving them anything good for him.

dzruggie
dzruggie

@TonyM  NO offense but you cannot offer the guy the same salary he just earned.  While it is a lot - the guy is looking and will get a raise.  Let's hope this was a first salvo of sorts and they work it out.

wvAL
wvAL

True, a good Gm should get a lot for him...

CaptainT
CaptainT

snow should officially become a goalie and trade himself too

jepliberty
jepliberty

@dimaio34

Rob, calm down, Bailey on the 1st? no way, hasn't even earned 2 line time.

dkdk
dkdk

Dimaio ..... You made the mistake of believing in wang and snow. It is far easier on the ulcer if you simply understand they won't get things right. Once you expect failure from these two it won't be as stinging.

pepe19
pepe19

@dimaio34  you guys are all missing the point. It's not that Vanek doesn't like the Isles or playing with JT. He does. He wants to be traded to a contender for a playoff run. The money comes during off season. If Isles had a realistic chance of making playoffs much better chance of him signing. He wants what almost every NHL player wants. He wants a cup and he is isn't going to do that here right now. He has been brutal of late. Minimal effort. Snow tried.it didn't work.worse thing they can do would be throw more money at him. He isn't worth it. 


Ryan Sweeney
Ryan Sweeney

@orange2327  you're crazy if you blame vanek for turning this offer down.  i dont blame him one bit.  hes going to get far more on the open market, and a far better chance of winning.  if you blame him youre ignorance is very apparent. 

dimaio34
dimaio34

Yup if he really turned down a offer like that to be a islander. He is letting his team down. And that's not cool in my books

njersey
njersey

@wvAL

Or any planet earth country muscle ....for that matter ......

njersey
njersey

@David Rosenthal

WOW David !!! Did Botta say that ?

If that is true..... We are truly the embarrassment of the league... (I mean, I kind of new that, but didn't want it to be official)  :-)  .... That is awful news....

Don22
Don22

@dzruggie @TonyM I agree.  Still feel this isn't the last offer.  IF so, then it's disappointing.

jimmydev
jimmydev

@Adam Wessinger @Billy T Moore  where are the defensemen? Do not tell me about guys 3 years away like Mayfield and Pedan who you hear nothing about,  5"11" guys are not big unless you are Capuano and Snow the creators of the NEW NHL they talk about and yet with their small mobile D they are in last place!

wvAL
wvAL

Well put!

dimaio34
dimaio34

Yeah Mitch this stings a whole bunch. Hey by the way I want to apologize for my remarks directed your way a couple of days ago. Never meant to come across like that. Just got ticked off. Really not at you. Just a really tough season after the playoffs last year.

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

Yeah, I'm sure Botta called David and filled him in on what's…what.

dkdk
dkdk

Yep! That is why I loved when those guys posted multiple times he was definitely signing so everyone should stop worrying. Getting ready for the spin!

I am just thankful he turned it down now so it gives us a chance to trade him now and not sit on and watch him walk (run) in e summer.

dimaio34
dimaio34

You got guys in that locker room that have played a lot of games for much less and stayed. And never complained and just played for the logo. And now this. Look at what Jt has gone through. Amac blocking shots. Hammer takes a slap shot in the face. Radek played years here. Even Konopka wanted to play for the minimum. Haley fought hard. So now I'm saying get the trade done. But dont do it fast take time so we can get max return. The return is what I'm waiting for. Then I will either blow my stack. Or I'll be happy. Just gotta wait. But let's be real here. We want guys who will stick it out and play for the PRIDE OF THE ISLAND !!!!!!!

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@njersey @David Rosenthal@mitchfritz 

Add up all the $$$ Wang gave Snow to spend last summer and you will see that since end of season last year Wang was not the problem, it is Snows ability to negotiate and sell playing for this team...and I hate Wang...but Snow is worthless...did wang draft poorly or did Snow...how did Neil Smith attract free agents i his 3 weeks as GM..w/no new arena or JT...our 2nd best player KO was drafted by Neil Smith lol


njersey
njersey

@David Rosenthal @mitchfritz

Garth is an inferior GM, but a former NHL Player, he most likely gets some respect, (or courtesy), I'm afraid the word is out about Wang and $$$....

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@mitchfritz As I said before GARTH SNOW is unable to sell the franchise or the area to free agents, he must go