Originally posted on NHL Injury News  |  Last updated 11/12/13
Thomas Vanek, who was injured during Saturday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets may return to the game sooner than fans expected. Vanek was injured during the first thirty-seconds of his shift on Saturday evening and did not return to the line-up for the rest of the game. Vanek’s injury is unclear and was left as an upper body injury. He did not take part during the game the following evening where the Islanders fell short to the Montreal Canadiens. However, the good news is the team is not likely to put him on Injury Reserve. The website  newsday.com  has confirmed that their have been speculations that Vanek could be returning to the line-up as early as this weekend. Vanek was acquired a couple of weeks ago from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Matt Moulson, a first-round pick in 2014 and a second-round pick in 2015. So far with his new team he has recorded one goal and two assists averaging over 18 minutes of ice time.
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