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Vanek preparing for season in Buffalo, but admits situation not ‘best-case scenario’

Jul 25, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

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“As of right now,” Thomas Vanek is preparing for another season with the Buffalo Sabres. However, the 29-year-old sniper admits playing on a team that is “rebuilding” may not be the ideal situation at this point in his career.

“We’re rebuilding, and I’m hoping we have the right pieces to accomplish something,” Vanek told KSTP TV in Minneapolis.

“You like to be on a team where you feel like going into camp you’re contending. You can’t guarantee to win a Cup, but right now in Buffalo we’re rebuilding, which is not the best-case scenario for me. But at the same time, there’s a lot of good young players and hopefully we pick the right ones.”

Vanek, along with teammate Ryan Miller, has been the subject of trade speculation after the Sabres missed the playoffs for the second straight season. Both players are in the final years of their contracts, after which they can become unrestricted free agents.

Related: Sabres GM says Vanek/Miller trade talk has gone quiet

  1. pizzaman77 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I’d be a shame to see T-Vanek go but at this point in his career, who can blame him? Pro athletes have a relatively short window to win it all.

  2. buff80 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    You can turn things around fairly quickly with the right front office. The problem in Buffalo is Regier is still calling the shots. No chance until the right mind gets control of putting the pieces together.

  3. noozehound - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    he’ll be with the wild before you know it.

  4. 950003cups - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Whoever gets Vanek is just getting a rental anyway. To re-sign him would cost some cash. Devils would be a decent candidate since they already went with the one year option on Jagr. Why not make it a big year for Brodeur’s (possibly) last year in the NHL?

    The smart move is to get a decent prospect for him now. Before the season starts.

    They’ll probably risk holding him to the trade deadline when his value is highest. But if he gets hurt during that time (even in the Olympics) or just has one of those “off years” they’ll get nothing much for him at all.

    The latter would be a travesty for a team who is hell bent on getting young talent to rebuild with.

  5. northstarsmitty - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Vanek is no rental. He will come join the Wild at some point. They have their sites set on him. We can only hope no one goes after him before we do. If we acquire him, he will take the home town discount like Parise and Suter did. (remember they were offered larger contracts in other cities, but made it clear they want to go to a team as a package) I love the idea of adding him to the roster. They should ship Miller when they can, Hackett is a promising prospect that you plucked from us, same with Larsson for that matter. The rebuild will pay dividends for this young franchise

    • 950003cups - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      “he will take the home town discount like Parise and Suter did”

      The major offers were from Chicago, Minnesota, Detroit, and Pittsburgh of close to $100,000,000 for Parise ALONE.

      Philadelphia offered matching deals for Parise and Suter at 12 years for $80,000,000

      No team was offering those two $25,000,000 signing bonuses. Except Minnesota.

      Hometown discount?

      I THINK NOT!!

      It’s nice to imagine them as Minnesota boys wanting to come home.

      But lets be real. They would have gone to Alaska for another $15,000,000

      • credible316 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:50 PM

        Oh Cupsie, so misinformed. I can just picture you wondering the dumps of NJ with that empty look in your eyes. Before you could blink you lost Parise and Kovy. Soon Marty will retire and the #1 overall pick will be forfeited. Enjoy the season!

      • 950003cups - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:21 AM

        Oh Credsie-pooh. That’s all you can come up with after analyzing my post for 9 hours is “so misinformed”? I got my facts from credible sites.

        Also I don’t walk around the dumps of NJ. Too scared. But in Minnesota you don’t have a choice. The whole state is a giant 3rd world, backwoods dump with 10,000 swamps. So I pity you there.

        But I can give you something to rejoice in. The fact that I’m suffering from losing Kovy so suddenly. Losing Parise wasn’t all that big a deal. He never turned it up in post season ever. You got a small glimpse of that this year. But, Kovy leaving really stings.

        You have until postseason to rejoice in that. By then hopefully I’ll be over it.

        As for Brodeur retiring. I have an answer for you: CORY SCHNEIDER

      • lbeezyse - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Easy there kiddos. It was straight from Parise & Suter’s/agents mouths that they were offered more separately elsewhere. I know for a fact Pit & Det offered Parise 10+ million more over the contract. Suter probably was a bit overpaid at the time, but did you see the season he just turned in? He got robbed for the Norris, by that goon from Mon. He also proved he doesn’t need Shea to play at a high level. If I recall Shea & the Preds were the one’s missing Suter.

        Anyways, the Wild brass does have their eye on Vanek. Uncle Leopoild want’s to win & will spend the $$ to do so. With 25+ million in cap room to work with next season + an increasing salary cap I picture the Wild being very active for a top 4 D-man, Vanek, & some size depth since we will be playing Chi & STL a lot more. Fletcher has built this team into a destination for top Free Agents.

        Lastly Cups, if you are going to compare MN to that hell hole you call home in NJ you are sadly mistaken. 10,000+ clear blue lakes with great fishing & best of all people that aren’t pricks to one another.

      • 950003cups - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        Hey Beezy,
        You’re I should never have made fun at such a fine state like Minnesota. It’s full of great history and has a genious population of people.

        Love that Al Franken guy, and that Governor “The Body” Ventura. how could anyone doubt you guys’ intellifence? Shame upon myself!

        So, how soon till you fools elect Hulk Hogan as your next governor?

        You’re ALL LOSERS!! HAHA!!

      • credible316 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        “You’re I should never have made fun at such a fine state like Minnesota.”

        Slow sarcastic clap for the retard.

  6. LampyB - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Just about every team in the nhl would be willing to pay to land this guy as long as they can spend the $. Hes a scoring machine, huge asset to any team. Nashville needs someone like this, so does NJ.

    • 950003cups - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      I’m not sure NJ would pay him much more than what he’s currently making. If Clarkson got $37,000,000 for 7 years, then you have to think Vanek will want NO LESS than $52,000,000 for the new 7 year max on the open market. That’s gonna be a $7.42 cap hit, up from his already existing $7.14 cap hit.

      I might be going on the VERY low side too.

  7. thedavesiknowiknow - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Most likely too late now: I assume the best offer that will ever be on the table was there at the draft, and pinhead thought he could do better. Now we play the waiting game until deadline day- at which point the Sabres will inexplicably be in 9th, and in no position to trade away their top scorer. If that isn’t the case- I (actually) do think Regier could get another 1st rd. Pick/borderline prospect, as per his track record- provided that anyone in the hunt has the cap room available for Vanek. Big if. I respect Vanek’s right to speak out- but usually that just brings out the “bargain hunters”- most of which already know not to try dealing with Regier. I guess Darcy Regier’s vision of “suffering” is starting to take shape: hoarding 2nd round picks, and another year of mediocre results in the standings. I just hope the backlash is strong enough if Regier is incompetent enough to lose 2 more franchise centerpieces for nothing that attendance suffers. That’s probably the only way he ever gets fired.

  8. President Charles Logan - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    translation .. ” trade me right fuc**ing now”

  9. billymccloskey - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Just because he lives in minney and bent the twine for the gophers does not necessarily mean he is going to the Wild via FA in 2014. he’s 29-30? he’ll get a 4-5 year contract max after this year from the Wild, could get longer and more from other teams. Age is a marketing factor, along with how much he wants and where he ultimately decides to play. not saying he probably doesn’t wanna play where he lives, but those could come into play. they still have to resign pomminville, and if they don’t then they traded the house for a one year rental

    • lbeezyse - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      IMO the Pommer trade last year was a part of a bigger scheme by Fletcher. He gave up a lot to get Pommer who is Vanek’s ol’ buddy & line mate to entice Vanek to sign here next offseason. He did the same thing with trading for Gilbert & signing one of Suter’s ol’ buddies. I wouldn’t be surprised one bit to see Vanek sign with the Wild next year.

  10. redridershoottheireyeout - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    the buffoon running the show in Buffalo has already waited far too long to get the optimum value for him or Miller, I wish Darcy had gotten fired at the end of the season what a wanker!

  11. credible316 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Buffalo better trade Vanek to the Wild before he comes her for nothing. Soon enough Wild fans, soon enough!

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