Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/05/14 at 07:23 PM ET
from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
Snow sent Vanek, a two-time 40-goal scorer and perhaps the most coveted forward on the rental market plus a conditional fifth-round pick, to Montreal for what appears to be a pretty meager return.
The Islanders acquired a conditional second-round pick in 2014 and Swedish prospect Sebastian Collberg in the deal, which pales in comparison to what they surrendered to land him in the early-season blockbuster with Buffalo. Looking to shake things up with his team, Snow sent heart-and-soul winger Matt Moulson, a first round pick and second-round pick to the Sabres. Compare the two returns and you can understand why Islanders fans are livid.
What’s more is that the Islanders won’t even get back that second-round pick if the Canadiens don’t make the playoffs -- a nightmare scenario which would mean all they get in the deal is Collberg. And suffice it to say, he’s not exactly lighting things up over in the Swedish Elite League.
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