By John Vogl
Thomas Vanek is in line to be traded for the second time in a year. He went from Buffalo to the Islanders the first time, but he almost went to Boston.
The Sabres and Bruins discussed a trade package that would have sent Vanek to Boston in exchange for center Tyler Seguin, multiple sources told The Buffalo News today. It's not clear why the talks, which took place at the June draft, didn't result in a deal, but it is known the Bruins were seeking another NHL-ready player off the Sabres' roster.
The Sabres' biggest problem is the lack of a No. 1 center, and Seguin would have solved that dilemma. Sent from Boston to Dallas in July, the second overall pick of the 2010 draft is tied for 12th in the NHL in goals (24) and points (54). He is only 22 years old.
Seguin wore out his welcome in Boston because of maturity issues. The Stars got Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button in a deal that sent winger Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser to the Bruins.
Vanek wound up with the Islanders in October. Buffalo received left wing Matt Moulson, a first-round pick in either 2014 or 2015, and the Isles' second-round pick in 2015.
Vanek has reportedly turned down a contract offer from the Islanders, who will be looking to move the pending unrestricted free agent. Moulson, also a pending UFA, is on the trade market.