Islanders Trade Rumors and News: MacDonald, Vanek to Winnipeg. For a hockey game.

"Where you going? The sign says 'Core Players Only.' - Bruce Bennett

How come the Islanders haven't made their big deals yet? I don't know, but that's just what teams do this time of year. Bless the Sabres and Blues for breaking the monotony.

The New York Islanders play in Winnipeg tonight -- and yes, both Andrew MacDonald and Thomas Vanek made the trip -- but we know you're probably distracted by other things right now. But do you really think the Isles will pull off a major deal before tonight?

On to the reads.

Islanders Material

Somehow these Thomas Vanek quotes created drama for some fans yesterday, though the full context and the video of the actual comments was nothing remarkable (yet honest) [Newsday | NHL.com]:

If the Islanders had been playoff contenders, would Vanek be more inclined to stay?

"I don't know," he said. "It's tough to predict this and that, but I'm sure if we would have, you know, been in the top echelon of it, maybe it makes a difference. But again, for me to stand here and just be like that would make a big difference, I don't know."

  • The Islanders occasionally sign someone in the minors you don't know much about to an NHL contract. It seems to be a public service or goodwill kind of thing. Justin Johnson, a right wing who has played 36 games with the Sound Tigers this year at age 32, was yesterday's.
  • Bizarre SI "trade matchmaker" proposes Vanek to the Kings and MacDonald to the Sharks for a depth forward. [SI]
  • Some fun (and torturous) questions in Islanders Would You Rather? [Islanders Op-Timism]
  • The Isles prospect report focuses on Kyle Burroughs, who has been doing quite well with Regina, which is Canadian for "a whale's San Diego."
  • Cheers to the Sound Tigers for another year of You Can Play. [CT Post]
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