There is a sincerity to the way Thomas Vanek talks about wanting to reach free agency for the first time in his career, and that same sincerity when he speaks about eschewing a huge financial opportunity the Islanders presented him only for him to push it aside.

“I like it here in the organization, but there’s more to it than that,” Vanek told The Post on Wednesday, his team coming off a much-needed 1-0 win over the Capitals in Washington the night before and preparing for the Flames at the Coliseum on Thursday. “It’s the business part of it, and sometimes it sucks.”

Vanek never fully listened to what the Islanders had to say about a contract extension since coming over in a trade with the Sabres on Oct. 27. General manager Garth Snow had found a financial common ground with Vanek’s agent – somewhere in the seven-year, $50 million range – but they never got into the details or haggled over an extra year or a couple extra million.

That’s because way back before this season started Vanek and his family decided July 1 was going to be a day they reached unimpeded, wanting badly to experience the promise of free agency no matter the consequences.

That almost assuredly means Vanek will be traded for the second time this season before the March 5 trade deadline, with Snow already listening to offers in earnest. Sending Buffalo first- and second-round picks, in addition to Matt Moulson, the risk Snow took was minimal. Moulson also is set to be an unrestricted free agent, and there is little question Snow can recoup some, if not all, of his draft picks in an upcoming Vanek deal.