New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Right wing Thomas Vanek looked determined to test the free-agent market this summer after he turned down a significant contract offer from the New York Islanders, according to his agent.
“He’s strongly leaning toward not making a decision before July 1,” agent Steve Bartlett said, referring to his client who will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Islanders general manager Garth Snow, who acquired Vanek in a trade with Buffalo earlier this season, apparently made an offer that was comparable to Vanek’s current seven-year, $50 million deal.
According to Bartlett, Vanek “appreciated” the significant offer and has shown nothing but respect for how the Islanders have approached the process. Barlett and Vanek both expect Snow to make another move before the trade deadline.
Earlier, Vanek said that he will consider the Islanders as a free agent when that time comes.