When Snow originally traded for Vanek in October, there was a risk due to Vanek's status as a pending unrestricted free agent. But as Snow tells NHL Live, the risk was worth it.
"For us, when we traded for Vanek, we got a proven 40-goal scorer who had been one of the upper-echelon wingers for a significant amount of time," Snow said. "So for us, the opportunity to put him alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, I think any fan who has watched our team play those next few months realized it was one of the top lines in the League. Obviously there's a risk when you give up a first- and a second-round pick, but we recovered the second-round pick in the [Andrew] MacDonald trade."