The Islanders confirmed that Vanek, who is expected to be traded before the NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, won't dress. He scored two goals on Sunday in a 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers.
The Austrian forward rejected a contract offer from the Islanders last month and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He has 17 goals and 44 points in 47 games with the Islanders, who acquired him from the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 27. For the season, he has 21 goals and 53 points in 60 games.
We're buyers. We're committed to winning. That's what [owner Vinnie Viola] has said all along and what we've said all along. We want to win. We want to win a championship. We're putting the pieces together, step by step, and we're hopeful that Jaromir can lead these young guys to the promised land. It's a win-win for us.
— Panthers GM Dale Tallon on Jaromir Jagr, who he traded for from the Devils on Thursday