There had been speculation during the past twenty-four hours about Thomas Vankek turning down the Islanders on a matching seven year, $50 million dollar contract extension. It has been confirmed by Thomas Vanek who told Newsday about the "breakup".
According to Newsday, Thomas Vanek commented about turning down the offer by saying "As I've told Garth [Snow, general manager] before … it's like a breakup: It's not you, it's me. And it really is me wanting to explore this."
The Islanders don't have much time as they will need to trade Vanek before the March 5th trade deadline. If the Islanders do not trade Vanek so that they may be able to get something back after trading Matt Moulson and two draft picks for him in October, he will become an unrestricted free agent as of this upcoming July.
Vanek is still focusing on the games ahead as he will play at the Olympics in Sochi as captain of team Austria.