NHL trade rumors: Penguins, Kings most interested in Thomas Vanek

Thomas Vanek is reportedly drawing interest from Kings and Penguins. (USATSI)
Thomas Vanek is reportedly drawing interest from the Kings and Penguins. (USATSI)

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Thomas Vanek remains one of the biggest names on the trading block and any team looking to boost scoring has to be thinking about making a deal with the New York Islanders to acquire the productive veteran. According to Chris Botta of Sports Business Journal and a former Islanders employee, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings are pursuing Vanek.

Pittsburgh jumping in is awfully interesting, seeing as they don’t need a lot of help in their top six. Sure, you can never have enough scoring, but a lack of depth seems more like the glaring hole for the Penguins.

The price tag could end up being prohibitive, unless the Pens are backing off going after Ryan Kesler, a player they have reportedly aggressively pursued.

The Kings have always made sense as a possible destination for Vanek as their goal scoring has been a major issue all season.

Pittsburgh and Los Angeles both have the assets to probably reel in a player like Vanek, and the Islanders have to do all they can to squeeze every bit of value out of the veteran winger. It could be an interesting race to the finish, because one way or another, the Isles have to move him.

Vanek has 21 goals and 53 points this season in 60 games between the Buffalo Sabres and Islanders.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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