26 February 2018 0 Comments Posted By : Mike Chiari

NHL Rumors: Buzz on Thomas Vanek, Luke Glendening Before 2018 Trade Deadline

There has been a fair amount of movement leading up to Monday's NHL trade deadline, but there are still several notable players reportedly on the block.

Some of them are superstars who will require significant packages of players and picks to acquire, while others are supporting-cast players who could play a major role down the stretch for contending teams who wouldn't need to surrender a ton of assets.

With time ticking down toward the deadline, here is a look at the latest rumblings surrounding players who could soon be donning new uniforms.

Thomas Vanek

Winger Thomas Vanek sat untouched in free agency for most of previous offseason until the Vancouver Canucks signed him to a low-cost, one-year deal.

That move has paid dividends, as the 34-year-old veteran has registered 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points in 61 games. That puts him second on the team in scoring behind only Rookie of the Year candidate Brock Boeser.

The Austrian is playing for his seventh team in the past five seasons, but he manages to produce offensively wherever he goes.

According to Rick Dhaliwal of News 1130 in Vancouver, Vanek could soon move on to his eighth NHL team, as teams are "kicking the tires" on the idea of acquiring him. Even so, Dhaliwal added a deal is "not definite" and put the odds at "50-50."

While Vanek's presence is beneficial to younger forwards such as Boeser and Bo Horvat, there isn't a ton of incentive for the Canucks to keep him since they aren't in the playoff race and Vanek can leave in free agency during the offseason.

Vanek has registered at least 40 points in each of his 13 NHL seasons, and he has been a popular deadline target in recent years.

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