According to a recent interview with Thomas Vanek on nhl.com, it appears as though he and the Islanders have began talking about a new contract to keep the star forward with the team past this season.
Since being acquired from Buffalo on October 27th, Vanek has managed to put up 27 points in 28 games while becoming part of one of the more dominant lines in hockey alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.
I have said it before but I will say it again, the Islanders absolutely must find a way to get him signed up for the foreseeable future. Based on contracts handed out around the league I feel as though an 8 year offer worth between 7 and 8 million is fair for Vanek. The Islanders because Vanek is ours are the only team that is able to offer Vanek an 8th year. As a free agent Vanek will only be to get 7 year offers in accordance with the new CBA.