Garth Snow was on the FAN590 in Toronto to discuss the trade deadline and the trade of Thomas Vanek. Regarding the trade action yesterday, he said ”it was really quiet in the morning, and the,n probably just past noon, it started to get some traction. Obviously, with the amount of transactions and trades after 3PM, it was more of a sprint to the end.”
Specifically regarding Thomas Vanek, Snow said that they didn’t see an actual offer for Vanek until about noon yesterday. He said “that was the first offer we received at any point.”
Snow’s full thoughts on the Moulson-Vanek trade through today: To read more of this story, click here
Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:
The Islander’s general manager took the Thomas Vanek trade down to the wire — past it, actually — and after all the speculation the return for Vanek was less than what many people had thought it would be.
The second-round pick in this year’s draft and prospect Sebastian Collberg are better than losing Vanek for nothing at all, but it’s hard to say that is compensation for what the Islanders gave up to get him in the first place. In October the Islanders sent Matt Moulson, their first-round pick and a second-round selection in next year’s draft to acquire the 30-year-old Austrian winger.
Collberg is currently playing with Frölunda of the Swedish Hockey League, but his stats do not jump off the page. In 40 games with them, he has nine points (three goals, six assists). However Collberg has been on the Islanders radar for quite some time.
“He’s a prospect that our scouts have liked for a few years now,” Snow said during a conference call. “He has the potential to be a top-six forward. We are excited to have Sebastian in our mix.”
According to Hockey’s Future, he is “a very skilled forward with excellent skating skills and speed while possessing excellent one-on-one moves.”
And the draft pick that the Isles got in return was not what Snow was most likely hoping for. He called it an ”unusual” deadline.
“It wasn’t the action you usually see at the trade deadline,” Snow said. “For us, we were very fortunate for the deal we made.”
In fairness to Snow and the Islanders, there were a few other options for teams in need of scoring. Aside from Vanek, Matt Moulson and Marian Gaborik were also on the trade wire, which took away some of the value the team thought they had in Vanek.
All of that being said, what happened during Wednesday was a tough pill to swallow for everyone who follows the team. There was an expectation that the Islanders would get back something that would help them in the near future, but at this moment it is hard to say the return they got will do that.
Islanders GM Garth Snow said the deal sending Thomas Vanek to Montreal, “was the best offer we received.”
The Islanders received prospect Sebastian Collberg in return. There is also a conditional pick in the deal, which Snow clarified on a call with the media.
“If Montreal makes the playoffs, we get their second round pick and we would give them our fifth round pick,” he said. “If Montreal doesn’t make the playoffs, Collberg for Vanek is the deal.”
The Canadiens have 75 points, good for second in the Atlantic Division.
When asked if he regrets making the Matt Moulson trade , the one that netted Vanek in October, Snow said that he did not.
“We had an opportunity to bring an elite player to our locker room. It was probably one of the top lines in the league for a few months,” he said. “You make deals at the time that are in the best interest of the club.”
Snow said that this year’s trade deadline was very quiet, and that the Isles making a deal with Montreal was “fortunate.”
On the player they got back, the GM said that the team has had their eye on Collbert for some time.
“He has the potential to be a top-six forward,” Snow said. “We are excited to have Sebastian in our mix.”
Eric Boulton has a broken right hand (Staple).
Mike Halmo and Matt Donovan have been recalled from Bridgeport (Islanders).
The Islanders have traded Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens, according to multiple media reports.
The Islanders will receive RW/FW Sebastian Collberg and a a 2014 second-round pick in return for Vanek and a 2015 fifth round pick (Staple). Both picks are conditional on Montreal making the playoffs. If they don’t make it, no picks are swapped. (Staple)
Collberg is playing for Frolunda in Sweden, scoring three goals and six assists in 40 games. He is a -2 on the ice this year.
“He must grow, but Collberg has big scoring upside,” Hockey Forecast said about him in their 2013-2014 preview.
Collberg is listed at 5-foot-11 and 176 lbs.
Here’s what GM Garth Snow had to say about the deal >> Read more
The Canadiens are looking to trade Rene Borque, and the Islanders may be one of the teams interested in acquiring him (Lavoie).
Borque has a limited no-trade clause and has a list of 10 teams where he can’t be dealt (Lavoie).
Montreal is looking to get a quality forward in return.
Borque has eight goals and four assists in 50 games this season (Stats).
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Keith Quinn, Islanders Point Blank:
With Thomas Vanek sitting the game out with a rumored trade in the works the young Islanders battled hard despite being largely outshot, and rallied for their first victory in the post Andrew MacDonald era. They were able to get the penalty kill under control, killing five and looking dangerous at times in the process.
From puck drop it looked like the Jets’ idea was to bring the physical to the understaffed Isles. Hit totals were close in the first (19-16 Jets), but there were Islanders strewn about the rink pretty often. To their credit though, they kept coming. Thomas Hickey got steamrolled early by Dustin (I’m copy/pasting his last name) Byfuglien and that was answered a couple of shifts later with Matt Martin laying a bomb on Jacob Trouba leading to a scrap between Martin and Chris Thorburn. Both Martin and Thorburn needed some tending to in the dressing room, but returned.
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The Islanders won’t be risking Thomas Vanek’s health tonight in Winnipeg. With possible trades in motion, he will be a healthy scratch for the 8pm ET start against the Jets. (Friedman)
The Islanders have traded Andrew MacDonald to the Philadelphia Flyers (Staple, March 4).
New York will get Matt Mangene, a 2014 third round pick and 2015 second round pick in return for MacDonald (Staple, March 4).
Mangene, a 24-year-old, played in 51 games for the AHL Adirondack Phantoms, scoring three goals and three assists.
In 62 games with the Islanders this season, MacDonald had four goals and 20 assists. He had a -19 +/- on the ice this year.