Islanders trade Thomas Vanek to Montreal

  • Joe Ray
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Forward Thomas Vanek has been moved to the Montreal Canadiens. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

For Islanders general manager Garth Snow, moving Thomas Vanek and getting some sort of return was the top priority on trade deadline day. While the deal did not surface until after the 3 p.m. deadline, Snow was able to make a trade, sending Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens.

In return for Vanek, the Islanders will receive a second-round draft pick and prospect forward Sebastian Collberg.

 

It’s safe to say that the Islanders dodged a gigantic bullet in shipping Vanek and not losing him to unrestricted free agency and gaining nothing in return.

Vanek played 47 games for the Islanders this season, recording 17 goals and 27 assists. In his nine-year NHL career spanning 645 games, Vanek has gotten 271 goals and 270 assists.

The 20-year-old Collberg has been playing this season in Sweden. In 40 games with Frolunda of the SHL, Collberg has three goals and six assists.

The Islanders’ other big deal from the deadline was sending defenseman Andrew MacDonald to Philadelphia for two draft picks and prospect Matt Mangene.

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