Analyzing The Thomas Vanek Trade

As announced yesterday, Thomas Vanek was dealt to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for prospect forward Sebastian Collberg. A conditional second round pick will be sent to the New York Islanders in addition to Collberg if the Habs make the playoffs, with a conditional fifth round pick then being sent to the Canadiens. However, if Montreal fails to make the playoffs, the trade stands as just a single player swap (Photo credit: Michael Cummo Photography/Flickr).

Isles nation went into hysteria as they saw Marian Gaborik dealt to the L.A. Kings for Matt Frattin and two conditional draft picks, Matt Moulson dealt to Minnesota for two draft picks and Marcel Goc traded for two draft picks. Yet Vanek only was worth one prospect on the trade market.

The trade came as a terrible let down since GM Garth Snow gave up Matt Moulson, a 30-goal scoring fan-favorite winger and close friend of star-center John Tavares, along with a first and a second round pick in order to have Vanek make his 47 game cameo in blue and orange.

Multiple sources on Twitter have claimed that this deal came down to the closing minutes of the trade deadline, and that there were supposedly no potential deals in place aside from the offer from Montreal.

Achieving only one prospect officially makes the Vanek/Moulson trade a failure. It was a high risk/high reward gamble that yielded the New York Islanders with a very dominant top line. There's no doubt that Vanek contributed greatly to the Islanders' offense (he scored 44 points in 47 games played in an Isles sweater). But in the end, the Islanders lost what might be costly draft picks and a forward that consistently scored goals and loved playing on Long Island.

Ironically, defenseman Andrew MacDonald, who was constantly criticized this year for inconsistent play and turnovers in the defensive zone, was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for a third round pick in 2014 and a second round pick in 2015.

It can be stated that MacDonald brought back more to the Islanders organization than an elite goal scoring winger.

-Rob McGowan

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