Here’s what the Buffalo Sabres were able to do at the expense of Garth Snow and the New York Islanders this season:
Turn Thomas Vanek – an impending free agent with a significant salary (Buffalo retained $2.1 million of it) and little chance of returning to Buffalo – into a first-round pick in either 2014 or 2015, three second-round picks and forward Torrey Mitchell, a cheap role player.
Four picks and a player for Vanek.
Imagine if Snow was able to get even a crumb off that cake during the trade deadline?
Snow and the Islanders take more gleeful whacks than a beer-filled piñata from critics. It’s not always warranted. But here, now, when it comes to Thomas Vanek, they are completely valid and encouraged: This is an epic failure in judgment of assets and marketplace by Snow. This was a terrible investment; like, "Wolf of Wall Street" bad.
The deal with the Montreal Canadiens for Vanek, essentially: Swedish prospect Sebastian Collberg, an undersized winger, for Vanek. If Montreal makesRead More »from Garth Snow and the Thomas Vanek disaster