NHL Trade: Islanders Trade Vanek To The Canadiens

The New York Islanders have traded Thomas Vanek and a conditional 2014 5th round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for a conditaional 2014 2nd round pick and and Sebastien Collberg.

The condition on the picks is that if the Canadiens miss the playoffs, no picks are sent to the Islanders.

What do you think of the deal?

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Thomas Vanek

Sebastien Collberg


  1. Daddy

    March 5, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I see to be the very small minority who doesn’t like this trade. All reports indicate that Vanek wants to go to Minnesota (although I don’t know how they’ll be able to afford him), supposedly because that’s where his wife is from. If he doesn’t re-sign we just sent a low second and a high second (Collberg, who when we drafted him people said could have gone as a late first rounder) for a rental. I hate rentals, unless you’re in a position like St Louis rentals are stupid, and even in those situations look how barren teams can become by trading assets for rentals. We had better sign vanek.

  2. Islesmyteam

    March 5, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    being an islanders fan, this is without a doubt the worst deal Snow has ever done. On the habs resigning, that will not happen, he’s got many ties to Minn he also played college hockey there. he also said he isn’t ruling out resigning with the isles, its all about hiim want to once in his career try free angency, he loved the line he played on with the islanders and his family loved it there. He’ll end up on the wild, some other team in the west or back with the Islanders. He will be great for the habs this year but he will be out by seasons end.

  3. hotwings

    March 5, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    i dont think it matters much if Vanek goes to Minny next season… Rentals are just that… there is never any guarantee they will resign… MTL did a good job here, especially in light of the weak eastern conference…. sure bost/pitts are good, but it would not be too surprising for any of the other eastern seeds to sneak into the cup finals this year… so, in that context, having vanek certainly gives them an extra gear in the next few months…

  4. hotwings

    March 5, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    also…. MTL got an all star rental, at a huge discount …. whats not to like about this deal??

  5. Vanekfan26

    March 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    This trade is great for MTL if they can resign Vanek or trade him at the draft for a decent pick. Collberg is a very high end prospect with great potential who I can see scoring 30+ goals a season but he has failed to do anything near a point per game at even the WJC. I’d give up two seconds any day of any year for even a rental Vanek. A 1st value and a second I’d do any day of any day for a SIGNED Vanek. I would have rather
    MTL: Vanek
    NYI: 2nd, Andrigehtti, Pateryn

  6. Daddy

    March 5, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    You didn’t address my point about the value of any rental when you’re a team like Montreal. Rentals just don’t make sense, and evidence suggests that they don’t do anything. Look who wins cups, it’s not the team with the most rentals.

  7. Shane

    March 6, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Rentals were a big part of the Bruins 2011 Cup… Kaberle, Peverly and Kelly (Pevs and Kelly were re-signed but no way of knowing that prior to deadline.)

  8. Daddy

    March 6, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Yes, you’re right Kaberle had a big part in that he ruined their PP. Think about the two players you mentioned who actually played well though. A third and a fourth liner. Depth players, not a top liner.

    If your team needs to make a move to land a guy like Vanek in order to be competitive, perhaps your team isn’t good enough to consider a rental player in the first place.

  9. Mathieu

    March 6, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Now Montréal could offer more years and show what it is to play in a true hockey market to Vanek. This is à low price for a talented rental. If the habs don’t sign him before the draft, they could trade him for maybe à 5 round draft pick for à team who want to try to sign him. So this is a good trade for the habs!