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Thomas Vanek trade falls short of expectations

Thomas Vanek reacts after a stop in play

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EDMONTON -- The deadline has passed and it's safe to say just about every observer, from the professional types on TSN and Sportsnet up here to just about every fan on Twitter, feels the Islanders failed. A few thoughts and notes on the last several weeks of profound disappointment in Islander country:

-- The Thomas Vanek trade quite obviously fell short of expectations. Once Vanek rejected...

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Garth Snow keeps trade rumors quiet

Isles GM Garth Snow addresses the media during

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WINNIPEG -- There was no trade news out of the Islanders on Monday, but that doesn’t mean things are dull.

Garth Snow, as he normally does, is keeping his own counsel while fielding plenty of calls from fellow general managers. You don’t hear much about rumors with the Isles because that’s the way Snow wants it. There aren’t open lists of team names who’ve inquired about Thomas Vanek or Andrew...

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Updates on Vanek, MacDonald, Hamonic, Nabokov

Thomas Vanek celebrates his third-period goal against the

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Had a brief chat with Isles GM Garth Snow earlier Wednesday, covering a few topics of interest. Here are some takeaways from that conversation: -- Snow and Steve Bartlett, the agent for Thomas Vanek, have had some dialogue over the past few weeks and that should pick up in the next couple of weeks. Snow and the Islanders need to know in fairly short order if Vanek is willing to sign long-term....

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Good and bad afterthoughts from Isles-Rangers

John Tavares points towards Thomas Vanek, not pictured,

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A few notes after another two-goal rally by the Islanders to beat the Rangers: -- I noted it a bit on Twitter throughout the game and even Jack Capuano didn’t let it go uncommented upon afterwards: The bad start Tuesday night had a lot to do with the John Tavares line. True, both Rick Nash goals came off near-misses at the other end -- the puck hopping on Tavares off a two- on-one and Thomas Vanek...

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Islanders keep critics at bay -- at least for a night

Islanders' Thomas Vanek collides with San Jose Sharks'

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SAN JOSE -- The Islanders kept the wolves/demons/pitchfork-wielding Twitterers at bay for a night, doing what they did exceptionally well last season on Tuesday: Staying calm and rallying to win a game after falling behind. This season, especially the past month, has been game after game of the Islanders playing well -- or at least, playing even -- for 10, 20, 30, sometimes even 40, 50 or 55 minutes,...

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Time for Isles to rebuild again?

Islanders prospect Ryan Strome skates during minicamp at

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ST. LOUIS -- Of all the questions that could be asked about the Islanders right now -- too many to list here, and I’ve got a plane to catch -- here’s one: Is it time to rebuild the rebuild? Garth Snow earned praise for jumping in as an inexperienced general manager seven years ago and committing to a bottom-to-top rebuilding of the organization. He stayed small-budget and low-key, amassing draft...

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Thomas Vanek is Garth Snow's gamble

Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek skates during the

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COLUMBUS -- The Thomas Vanek Watch is on. But don’t expect any sort of resolution until this season is much closer to its conclusion. Vanek has been an Islander for two weeks now and played his sixth game on Saturday night here. He has no contract beyond this season, which has confounded some observers and fans. How could Garth Snow have dealt popular top-line wing Matt Moulson plus a first-round...

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Lubomir Visnovsky staying in Slovakia for rest of year

Lubomir Visnovsky, left, looks for an open teammate

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Lubomir Visnovsky, the veteran defenseman the Islanders acquired for a second-round pick on draft day in June, will stay in his home country of Slovakia for the remainder of this season, his agent told Newsday. Visnovsky, 36, is in the final year of his NHL contract, but there is no iron-clad agreement prohibiting him from staying in the Russia-based KHL, so he has decided to finish out the season...

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Nabokov ready to return from groin injury

Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders

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Evgeni Nabokov has been steady in goal this season -- when he hasn’t been hampered by groin problems. He’s ready to return from his second bout with the same injury. "It feels good, I had full practice," he said Monday at Ice Works. Groin injuries in hockey are common place, especially for goalies. "I don't think it’s a natural movement for the human body to have skates on and push,...

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Snow won't trade any of his goalies

Al Montoya #35 of the New York Islanders

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With at least one of the three goalies on the roster often sidelined by injury, Garth Snow said he isn’t looking to trade any of them. "I haven’t been looking to do that by any means, ‘" he said after Monday’s practice at IceWorks. "If anything, I’m glad we have the depth we do have with our goaltending, not just here but in Bridgeport as well." At the same time, the Islanders’...

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