Sneaking in a deal just before the NHl’s 3:00 pm trade deadline Isladners general manager Garth Snow has sent winger Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens. According to Arthur Staple of Newsday the Islanders will receive a conditional 2014 second round draft pick and Sebastien Colberg, a 20 year old prospect who currently plays in Sweded, in return for Vanek and a conditional 5th round pick. Both conditional picks will be sent if the Canadiens make the playoff this season, if the Habs fail to qualify for the post season no draft picks are exchanged.
In summary; Thomas Vanek and a 5th round pick for Sebstien Colberg and a 2nd round pick (if Montreal makes playoffs) OR Thomas Vanek for Sebastien Colberg (if Montreal misses playoffs).
In his very short stint with the Islanders, Vanek was a productive offensive player, netting 17 goals and 27 assists for 44 points in 47 games for the Isles, but his production on the ice did not equate to winning as many hockey games as the Isles hoped it would when they traded fan favorite Matt Moulson along with a conditional first round pick and a second round selection in order to attain Vanek on October 27th. The Islanders were an NHL .500 team when Vanek was brought in, but are currently last in the Metropolitan Division with a 24-32-8 record.
According to reports, Vanek denied a lucrative long term contract offer, rumored to be for 7 years and approximately $49 million dollars, from the Islanders, which all but forced the team to pursue trading the 30 year old Austrian Sniper.
After being selected fifth overall in the 2003 NHL draft Vanek has had a solid NHL career, amassing 271 goals and 270 assists in 645 games for the Buffalo Sabres and the Islanders.