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Report: Bruins In Pursuit Of Thomas Vanek Prior To NHL Trade Deadline

By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston
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Thomas Vanek (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Thomas Vanek (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) — With Wednesday’s trade deadline inching closer, rumors abound in the NHL world, some with more validity than others. Yet this one in particular stood out among the rest: The Bruins may be trying to acquire Thomas Vanek.

David Pagnotta, aka @TheFourthPeriod, tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that “as much as the Ducks are in on Vanek, told by multiple people today the Bruins are, as well.”

Vanek, 30, is currently a member of the New York Islanders, the team to which he was traded from Buffalo in late October. However, Vanek seeks to explore free agency this coming offseason, and with the Islanders well out of the playoff race, the team will likely try to get what it can in a Vanek trade prior to the deadline.

The Bruins and their fans are well aware of Vanek’s abilities, as the former Sabre has made a habit of having some of his best games against Boston. Vanek has 17 goals and 27 assists in 47 games for the Islanders this year and 21-32-53 totals in 60 combined games between New York and Buffalo. He has a goal and four assists in four games against the Bruins this season, a continuation of his Bruins dominance last year, when he scored four goals with three assists in four games against Boston. He had 2-3-5 totals in five games the previous year, and 4-3-7 totals in six games against Boston in 2010-11.

The Islanders currently sit in last place in the Metropolitan division.

The trade deadline is at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

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