Updates on John Tavares & Thomas Vanek – August 30, 2017
Check out the latest on New York Islanders captain John Tavares and former Detroit Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek.
YAHOO SPORTS: Greg Wyshynski cites Newsday’s Arthur Staple claiming sources contradict a report out of Montreal claiming John Tavares rejected an eight-year, $84-million contract extension from the New York Islanders.
Staple said the two sides have barely talked numbers and money isn’t an issue. Tavares wants to see how things progress with the club, including its bid to construct a new arena on land in Belmont Park, before committing to a new deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tavares is eligible next July for unrestricted free agency. There’s still plenty of time for the two sides to get a deal done, but the Isles performance this coming season and efforts to build a new arena are obvious factors that will determine if he make a long-term commitment with them. If Tavares re-signs, it wouldn’t surprise me if he gets something around eight years and $84 million.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Despite the Red Wings’ salary-cap issues, Helene St. James reports they’re “still in the possibility range for winger Thomas Vanek, according to his agent Steve Bartlett, who also said interest in his client is increasing around the league. The Wings signed Vanek last season to a one-year, $2.6 million contract and dealt him before the trade deadline to the Florida Panthers. The club still have to re-sign restricted free agent winger Andreas Athanasiou.
St. James notes several Wings who underwent offseason surgery (Tomas Tatar, Luke Glendening, Ryan Sproul) might not be ready for the start of the season and could go on long-term injury reserve, providing the Wings with some cap relief. A trade or demoting one or two younger players could also open up some cap room.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Vanek and the Wings have been in contact since early-July. While there’s obviously mutual interest in his return to Detroit, he probably won’t wait very long. With training camps opening in two weeks and other clubs (such as the Vancouver Canucks) starting to show some interest in Vanek, the Wings won’t have much time to sort this out.