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Thomas Vanek scratched vs. Jets

With Wednesday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline looming, the New York Islanders scratched coveted trade target Thomas Vanek from Tuesday's 3-2 win over the host Winnipeg Jets.

The decision protects their most valuable trade chip in the event of injury, which could derail any potential deal worth making.

Vanek, a pending unrestricted free agent, is one of the most sought-after players on the market, with multiple teams reportedly interested in acquiring him to add some offense for a playoff push.

The Islanders dealt their other pending unrestricted free agent, defenseman Andrew MacDonald, to the Flyers for a pair of picks and a prospect Tuesday.