Latest Islanders and Sharks Rumors – February 22, 2014

Find out what the New York Islanders and San Jose Sharks could have in store for the upcoming March 5 trade deadline.

Thomas Vanek could be playing his final games with the Islanders.

Thomas Vanek could be playing his final games with the Islanders.

ESPN.COM: Craig Custance reports on the impact John Tavares’ season-ending knee injury could have upon the New York Islanders and their fading playoff hopes.  Custance believes GM Garth Snow must go into “sell mode” leading up to the March 5 trade deadline. Winger Thomas Vanek and defenseman Andrew MacDonald are considered the prime trade candidates. Both are unrestricted free agents this summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s all but certain Vanek and MacDonald will be moved at the trade deadline. Vanek has already stated his intent to test this summer’s free agent market, while MacDonald’s rumored asking price ($5 million per season) is more than the Isles are willing to pay. Vanek’s been linked to the LA Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins, while the Boston Bruins are rumored to have interest in MacDonald.

CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz isn’t expecting a major move by the San Jose Sharks at the trade deadline, as they’re “a virtual lock” to clinch a playoff berth. GM Doug Wilson pointed out injured Sharks Logan Couture and Raffi Torres are set to return following the Olympic break. The club also has limited cap space to take on additional salary, meaning any acquisitions would have to be almost dollar-for-dollar.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg for the link. If Wilson does make a move it’ll be an affordable minor deal.


  1. Where are the Leafs genuine interests? And what players have the mot legitimate possibility of landing in Toronto?

    • Any moves they make would pretty much have to be dollar for dollar so I cant see them doing much. Unless they move Kuli they have no room to add anything significant. All the others that could be moved dont really have any kind of salary to bring back anything big. Raymond Gardiner Franson Reimer etc. (guys that get mentioned in rumors) are all pretty cheap contracts, moving one or two of them would only still leave room for bringing back other cheap contracts.

      • MacDonald for Gunnar and Kuli.

    • Give it a rest. No one is talking about the Leafs in this post.

      • Soo many other discussions going on….I can see why it would bother you.

      • tissues for the non leaf fan

  2. It is almost too bad for the Sharks that there are so few sellers this year. The window on this team is closing and if I was a Sharks fan I would be hoping for one last stab at the cup. Wilson is a smart guy but sometimes you just need to go for it!!

    • Interesting with the Sharks – I dont’ see how they can consider the return of Torres as an improvement for the club. Couture will definitely help, but I think they do need a “rental” player – keep saying someone like Moulson or even Boyes would give me a little more faith that they will get past the 1st round of the playoffs. Could do a deal for Casey Cizikas with the Islanders who can play every forward position.

      • Can’t see the Islanders trading Cizikas given his age and contract. They will be looking to move their pending UFAs or older players.

  3. More of the same on the Islanders, Vanek and Amac have been in the rumour mill for a while now. I suspect that Nabokov and Lubo would also be available if anyone offered anything for them (Lubo would have to wave his no trade and I don’t suspect they’d get much for either of them).

    Last season the Isles played well but then lost PAP and Streit. They had goaltending problems and didn’t address them in the off season. This year they struggled and are about to lose Molson/Vanek and Macdonald. The Isles are a ways away from the prospects contributing enough to replace the losses. They need to get something at the deadline and Free Agency or it’s going to be more of the same next year.

  4. MacDonald could be interesting to the Wings as well. They have a couple players/assets to move. Probably won’t go for Vanek unless the isles pick up half the contract.