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No Vanek again for Sabres; Pominville understands trade rumors

Apr 2, 2013, 2:19 PM EST

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The Sabres will once again be without their top scorer tonight when they take on the Penguins in Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

Per NHL.com, Thomas Vanek told reporters today after skating that he still isn’t ready to play, and so he’ll miss his fourth straight game with an upper-body injury.

The Sabres are 13th in the Eastern Conference, five points back of a playoff spot with just 12 games remaining in what’s been another disappointing season.

Vanek is just one of a number of key Buffalo players that’s heard his name come up in trade rumors. Captain Jason Pominville and goalie Ryan Miller could also potentially be moved by Wednesday’s deadline.

“I understand the business of things,” Pominville said today, per the Buffalo News.

“I understand [Sabres general manager Darcy Regier] has a job to do, and he’s trying to do his best to do what’s best for the team and the franchise. By no means does it mean I’m gone or stuff like that. I think it’s just part of the process. It’s a step that he has to do and he has to deal with.

“It could happen, but would I be completely shocked if it didn’t? Probably not.”

Related: Sabres ask Pominville for no-trade list

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