As the trade deadline neared its final hours, with vocal Islanders fans comically jumping off ledges because their deadline for DO SOMETHING was apparently 10 a.m., various media weighed in on what was happening with Thomas Vanek.
In a word, no one really knows, and the lack of movement on two other key wingers -- Matt Moulson and Mike Cammalleri -- plus the on-again, off-again Ryan Kesler sweepstakes, seemed to keep things held up and people guessing.
Ducks never got in on Vanek seriously, confirmed.— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) March 5, 2014
Pretty much what I've heard. RT @ChrisBottaNHL: Ducks never got in on Vanek seriously, confirmed.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) March 5, 2014
(Stephens is the Ducks beatwriter for the OC Register.)
Appears Penguins are waiting on Kesler but will go for Vanek if a deal with VAN can't be worked out and TV is still available.— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) March 5, 2014
With Moulson close to being moved, hearing same thing on Vanek. Sounds like deal is very close there too.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) March 5, 2014
And this was from earlier, but it about sums up the day.
someone just re-tweeted a fake LeBrun twitter account on Vanek. Not me folks !— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) March 5, 2014
Carry on, carry on.