The entire NHL knows that Thomas Vanek is available. It's just a question of where he'll end up before the March 5 trading deadline.
The New York Islanders' left wing is exactly the kind of player the Predators could use in an attempt to earn a playoff berth; but also a player who would come in handy well beyond that -- if Nashville can sign him to a lengthy and expensive contract extension, the only way such a deal would be worth it.
Vanek has twice hit the 40-goal mark, scored at least 30 in two other seasons and totaled a minimum of 20 goals in each of his first eight NHL seasons, including the shortened 2012-13 campaign (20 in 38 games). (Vanek has 19 goals this season, split between the Islanders and Buffalo Sabres.)
Arguably, Vanek is the kind of explosive scorer Nashville has never had -- no Predator has ever scored 40 goals --and the likes of which the franchise has lacked, at least since the prime of Jason Arnott, Steve Sullivan, Jean-Pierre Dumont and Paul Kariya.