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Pegula ‘concerned’ about Miller and Vanek, wants to keep them in Buffalo

Jun 18, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT

Goaltender Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres is congratulated by Thomas Vanek #26 after shuting out the Anaheim Ducks 2-0 at Honda Center on February 29, 2012 in Anaheim, California.
(February 28, 2012 - Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula wants fans to know he shares their worries about the futures of Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek.

“I can tell the fans I’m concerned, too,” Pegula told Buffalo’s WGR-AM 550, as per the Buffalo News. “Yes, we want them here.”

Miller has one year left on the five-year, $31.25 million deal he signed with the Sabres in 2009. He has a modified no-trade clause — he can list eight teams he will not accept a trade to, according to Capgeek — and carries a $6.25 million annual cap hit.

Vanek also has one year left on his deal — a seven-year, $50 million contract signed in 2007. He carries a $7.14 million cap hit and doesn’t have a no-trade or no-movement clause.

It’s been rumored that neither player wants to stick around Buffalo for a potential rebuild.

The club has traded away assets at each of the last two deadlines — Paul Gaustad, Robyn Regehr, Jordan Leopold and former captain Jason Pominville — all for either draft picks and/or prospects.

What’s more, the future of the club appears to be with its youth, including a trio of talented forwards (first-rounders Mikhail Grigorenko, Zemgus Girgensons and Joel Armia) and goalie Matt Hackett, acquired from Minnesota in the Pominville deal.

So you can see why Vanek and Miller might be expendable.

That said, it sounds as though Pegula isn’t ready to concede it’s time to move on from Buffalo’s all-time winningest goalie and its active points leader.

But it might be out of his control.

“They have a say in that decision,” Pegula explained. “What that decision is, no one’s been re-signed yet, so we’re still working.

“Don’t forget, they’re part of that decision.”

  1. thomasvanek - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I’ll be happy with just keeping Vanek (clearly I’m biased), but Enroth showed in the worlds by leading Team Sweden to the gold that he is capable of being an elite goaltender. We don’t have many scorers on our team so it is important to keep Vanek.

    • rsmaggiemae - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      Since Vanek lives in Minnesota in the off season, in fact not far from where I live, we in Minnesota would love for him to play here, however they have to buy out Heatlys contract and I am sure Bouchard is gone at 5.4 mil a year, Heatly was at 7.1 mil a year so we could afford Vanek… it would be great for him to play with Pomanville…
      There are quite a few Wild players who will be on the trade list, I am sure, but whether they can get anyone for these players is another question
      We have plenty of young good players coming up, but thats a few years down the road, but I would rather see the younger players than those who dont have any confidence to want to win,……

      • lordfletcher - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:16 PM

        The Wild will not trade for Vanek seeing as you can get him for free the next year. It is just too costly now for the Wild who need to start re-building the prospect pool (after the Pominville deal and a few prospects starting to join the NHL) ….

        Vanek has huge ties to MN as he played for the Gophers and his wife is from here (or something like that) … I also believes he lives in MN during the summers…. If Vanek wants to play in MN he will no matter after next season.. Seeing as Fletcher was patient on waiting for Parise and Suter, I don’t see why he would’t remain calm.

        I am in no way saying Vanek is going to be on the Wild but if he wanted to, there is more than enough here for him to relate to.

  2. aidatours - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Reblogged this on aidatours and commented:

    • dial1911 - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Nobody cares.

  3. 950003cups - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    “Don’t forget, they’re part of that decision.”

    Sounds like he’s expecting them to leave and already planning for damage control. Point the blame on the players walking away from Buffalo rather than he failed to keep them.

    He doesn’t want his fans saying “hey, this guy came over and we lost every good player we ever had!”

  4. Exiled1 - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    I’d like to see Ryan Miller get traded to another team for entertainment purposes only. He has a few more decent years in him and I’d like to him get a better shot. It’s not happening anytime soon in Buffalo.

    I always thought Vanek was a bit overpaid not overrated, but I don’t consider him a superstar. Talented but enigmatic like so many other European players.

  5. desertfan - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:31 AM

    TRADE BOTH ASAP to follow the plan!!

    I think there is a plan??

  6. ashtongronholz8 - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Miller to Minnesota with heatley and change then vanek to follow. Boy would that be awesome

    • lordfletcher - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Who would take on Heatley’s contract?

      and if the Wild found someone, Heater has a NTC or LNTC so he can pretty much decide if he wants to leave or not.

      in other words, 97.4% likely Heater stays with the Wild. He has more worth than people rag on him for but he is not worth his salary. Going to have to wait it out amigo

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