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Vanek will make his Habs debut on Thursday vs. Phoenix.

There is no word on the Canadiens' line combinations, but it is believed that Vanek will skate on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk. Reportedly, Montreal is the only team to have put in an offer for Vanek on Wednesday. The price in which they acquired him was substantially lower than expected, but a weak market for Vanek would explain that.

Source: Bill Beacon 03/6/14, 9:53 am EST

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The Canadiens have acquired Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth-round pick for a conditional second-round pick and prospect Sebastien Collberg.

The Islanders gave up Matt Moulson, a first and a second round pick for Vanek and then only move him for a second and prospect. This has to be considered a loss for the Islanders and a huge win for the Habs. They sit 20th in the NHL in scoring but now add Vanek who has 21 goals in 60 games this season. He is a three-time 40-goal scorer and has had 25-plus goals in every full season in his career. The picks will swap hands if the Canadiens make the playoffs.

Source: Chris Johnston 03/5/14, 10:59 am EST

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Thomas Vanek (upper-body) will be back in the lineup tonight.

Vanek missed the last five games - really six, since he left the November 9 loss in Columbus with a strained upper-body muscle after just 30 seconds. In his first six games as an Islander, Vanek has one goal and two assists. Expect the Austrian winger to get more comfortable with his new teammates and line-mates and start filling the stat sheet soon. He is expected to skate on the first line with Jonathan Tavares and Kyle Okposo.

Source: Arthur Staple 11/22/13, 6:05 am EST

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Vanek (upper-body) skated this morning and could return tomorrow.

The Islanders will wait and see how Vanek feels on game day and make a decision then. He has missed the last three games, but is not expected to have a serious injury and should return this week. If he can't go, Brock Nelson will continue to skate on the first line.

Source: Arthur Staple 11/18/13, 6:41 am EST

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Thomas Vanek (upper body) practiced again on Friday and should be ready to return on Saturday.

Vanek missed the last three games but is expected to suit up tonight. Since coming over from the Sabres, Vanek has one goal and two assists in six games. He will rejoin Kyle Okposo and John Tavares on the first line where he should be able to produce consistently.

Source: Arthur Staple 11/16/13, 5:31 am EST

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Vanek (upper-body) will not play tonight.

Vanek worked out off-ice today but did not skate and will miss his second straight game. He was injured after playing just 0:23 in Saturday's loss to Columbus. Vanek could skate tomorrow and it appears as if he will avoid the IR and should be back in the Isles lineup shortly.

Source: Arthur Staple 11/12/13, 6:04 am EST

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The Islanders have traded Matt Moulson, their 2014 1st-round pick and a 2015 2nd-round pick to Buffalo for Thomas Vanek.

Vanek has four goals and five assists in 13 games with Buffalo. He was tied for 13th in the NHL in goals (20) and led the Sabres with 41 points in 2012-13. The 29-year-old will likely skate with John Tavares on the Isles first line, something that should definitely boost his fantasy stock.

Source: Arthur Staple 10/27/13, 4:44 pm EST

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Thomas Vanek practiced again today but will likely miss Sunday’s game against New Jersey.

“He is getting better, yeah, but I don’t think he’ll be ready for tomorrow,” Rolston said this afternoon after practice. Rolston said Tuesday is the best-case scenario for Vanek’s return. The Sabres’ leading scorer has missed the last five contests.

Source: Bill Hoppe 04/6/13, 9:27 am EST

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Thomas Vanek said he could possibly play tomorrow. Not sure. #Sabres

Vanek has missed the Sabres last four games with an upper-body injury. The Sabres dealt away some of their best players recently, leaving Vanek alone. He will likely continue to be productive because he will be leaned on so heavily for offense. Monitor his status prior to tomorrow's game.

Source: Bill Hoppe 04/4/13, 10:52 am EST

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