- Arthur Staple: Sources are saying that Thomas Vanek turned down a substantial contract offer from the Islanders. They will likely move him by trade deadline.
- Mike Harrington: “So pretty much the whole world knows Vanek is going to MIN on July 1.” Question is, who will trade for him as a rental player. The Kings could use some scoring.
- David Pagnotta: You can’t really blame Vanek for wanting to test the free agent market this summer. It may not mean that the Islanders are completely out of the mix when free agency starts. Would have to think the asking price for Vanek is a proven young stud or a top prospect and a high draft pick. Kings should be among the teams interested.
Vanek carries a $7,142,857 million salary cap hit this year.