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Report: Sabres willing to retain part of Vanek’s salary in trade

Sep 11, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres are willing to eat a chunk of Thomas Vanek‘s salary (and cap hit) in order to trade him, according to the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

Vanek has one year remaining on his contract, with a salary of $6.4 million and cap hit of $7.14 million. The 29-year-old winger can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Given the cap crunch many teams are facing, dealing Vanek’s entire hit would’ve been a challenge for Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier. The Sabres’ apparent willingness to retain part of Vanek’s salary should make it easier to get something substantial in return for a player who’s scored 488 points in 585 career NHL games.

That’s not to say Vanek will definitely be traded; he said in August he hasn’t asked to be dealt. However, he also said in July that remaining in Buffalo for a rebuild “is not the best-case scenario for me.”

  1. amityvillefun - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    This guy has been a Bruins killer. Trade him to the B’s or send him West!

  2. stevebass2 - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Coyotes? We need another bona fide top 6 winger to round out our offense and have quality defensemen and prospects to spare. If they retain some of the salary, maybe there’s a deal to be struck.

    • warchief65 - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      Maybe there’s a deal to be struck ? Maybe not . It just shows how bad the Sabre’s will get rid of him , before he walks away without nothing back . And , Vanek is good , but , what you are asking back , you might get a good scorer , and a top Farmer , or , a top 6 defenseman , but not top Farmer , maybe a second round pick . ( And , a good scorer , I mean a player who scores more than 20 goals a season ) .

  3. lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Cue the Wild fans begging GMCF for a trade…

    • lordfletcher - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      the Blues would have to accept a trade for someone like …

      Cap geek says the Wild have near 2.5 available… so they would need 5 million going the other way or a huge retainer.

      Brodziak and Rupp ???

      I don’t think its possible but what a dream it would be to have him on this roster… D still needs help tho

      • lordfletcher - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:37 PM

        not sure why I said Blues… I am tired.. ready for bed.

        **** cough Sabres

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:50 PM

        Hey, off topic but you going to any preseason games?

      • lordfletcher - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        Not planning on it.

        ran out of time and money buying a house and puppy.

        what about you?

    • rsmaggiemae - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:40 AM

      He will be in Minnesota very soon, no doubt about it.
      He lives here might as well play for the Wild and he and Pomanville are great friends, as Vanek went to Pomanvilles home the nite he was traded and had wine with him and drove him to the airport the next morning to get Pomanville to the game in LA ….
      Vanek is out and about in our cities all the time and has a golf tournament and
      works out with many of the players at the University of Minnesota, as I see them all the time at the University…. Just hope the Wild dont get rid of Haula, I would love to see him get a chance with the Wild and he has put on weight and strength and has waited quite a long time for this shot with the Wild, and I think he is better than Granland.
      Haula just needs experience with the big guys…..

  4. hookersdontsnuggle - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Bring him to San Jose!

  5. chowdzki12 - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Wild have $2,784,466 left in cap space for 2013. Trade Granlund and his $2.1M Salary to Buffalo and Buffalo can eat the remaining $1.5M of Vanek’s 2013 salary.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Ehhhhh the Wild are still in need of good centers, even if Granlund is a bit more of a project than most initially expected.

    • warchief65 - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Vanek’s is paid 6.4 million , so , in order to trade with the Wild , Buffalo will have to eat around 5 + million AND , pay Granlund 2.1 mill. . That doesn’t add up for that trade . I don’t know where you get ” Buffalo can eat the remaining 1.5 M of Vanek’s 2013 salary . ” . Especially when the Wild will have to come up with at least 4+ M to get Vanek , which will throw them over the Cap . You’re playing with fuzzy math , my friend .

      • cheekoh69 - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        Vanek’s 6.4 mil minus Granlund’s 2.1 mil=4.3 mil minus 2.75 mil in remaining cap space=wait for it………..1.55 mil! “Buffalo can eat the remaining $1.5M of Vanek’s 2013 salary.” seems like pretty good math to me! Way to go warchief65! Never a good idea to call someone out on their math when you don’t know how to do it yourself!

      • killerpgh - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:17 PM

        It says right in the article Vanek’s cap it is 7.14.

  6. hockeyfan11 - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    The Wild wouldn’t even think about trading Granlund away, I say Heatley and the Jet’s second round pick that they got for Seto for Vanek would be a decent deal. Or just wait for next season when he’s a UFA and so is Heatley, the wild then have about $20M in capspace(other players are UFAs as well, Not just Heatley) and then we sign Vanek for 7M(give or take). But i think it would be smar for the Sabers to trade him away so they get something in return.

    • davebabychreturns - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      Haha. Boat anchor Dany Heatley and a second round pick? If the Sabres trade a legit top line player AND eat a bunch of his salary they are going to make a killing. Ie. not a crummy draft pick and a player they’ll be counting the days until they never have to see again..

    • hockey412 - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      I don’t think Buffalo is going to want Heatley, though…kind of goes against the point of a rebuild (bring in picks/prospects/young players). Heatley might be a good rental for a team looking to make a run at the cup, but not for a team in rebuild. If the Sabres did get Heatley, what would they do with him? Move him, too?

    • warchief65 - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      This is Vanek’s in his last season with a contract . If Regier doesn’t trade him by June 22 of 2014 , Buffalo won’t get ANYTHING for him . And , if they trade him for Granlund , they will still end up paying what they would have paid Vanek . It doesn’t add up . And , Vanek cost for next season will start around 8 million per . Buffalo probably keep Miller , ( WHY , I don’t know ) , that will leave Vanek out in the cold . Miller contract will start around 9 million per . Remember , he took a pay cut last contract . I don’t think he would do that this time around . And , Regier said that they will take some of the trade pay for the team . I don’t see looking for Heatley , as he’s not the player he was from 4 years ago . All the Sabre will get with him , is eating the Cap of him . They will be looking at players who they can mold into .

      • lbeezyse - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        The Wild should offer up Heater (to match salaries), Phillips or Haula, & either Stoner or another D-man perhaps Prosser or Scandella. Phillips would get his crack at the NHL with Buf, while Stoner/other would be a top 4 D-man for Buf. The Heater addition is just to match salaries & make each team compliant.

        The Wild could just wait out Buffalo & go after Vanek in FA or get a jump on the competition & get him now & resign him. Either way I think Vanek has a 50% chance of ending up in MN. He is just what we need & Fletcher has not hidden the fact that he want’s to bring him in.

      • lordfletcher - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:24 PM

        Buffalo will more than likely get a better deal from another club. Fletcher and the Wild can easily wait this out because more than likely, Vanek doesn’t make the Wild a top contender this year anyhow. The D still needs to be addressed unless Ballard and Scandella really turn heads.

        Either way, I doubt Vanek gets traded before the season starts, price could be high and teams interested would want to see where they stand come January before they think about bringing in a rental.

        No doubt in my mind that Vanek would want to play for the Wild (wife / college / friends / etc.) … just hard to make a trade happen this season for the Wild without taking on almost all of his remaining contract. The only players I think the Wild could move are Brodz and Rupp (clearly there is little value there for Buffalo). So we are talking about another 1st round draft pick and possibly solid prospects again. I don’t think the Wild would like to ship half of their prospects to Buffalo in two trades because that could be the ultimate, what could have been if most of them pan out on one club. If the Wild were to trade Brodziak, that would leave them very thin at center and I can’t imagine them shipping Granlund unless that was the entire trade….. seems like its impossible to me

  7. mainevent7567 - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    where in the world would you get the idea the sabres would downgrade at the position, get an older player making too much money and a garbage second round pick? please don’t post anymore

  8. thecheeman - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Because he is a golden god in Shootouts, Vanek has value beyond his basic numbers which are still awesome.

  9. 19to77 - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Surprise offer from New Jersey as a Kovalchuk replacement? Not that they’ll trade a guy like that in-conference, but I could see the Devils trying, especially if they struggle early in the year.

  10. warchief65 - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    If I was Regier , I’d wait til the trade day comes . There will be a few teams who will want a scorer , either in the playoffs , or , trying to make it to the playoffs . They will give up a couple of young , good players for a star that can score . But , why are the Sabres holding on for Miller ? That’s what I want to know .

    • elemeno89 - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Miller GAA and SV % stats have mostly remained constant over the past couple of years stemming from his Vezina. If he had a capable d corps in front of him these constant statistics would be bolstered by more wins. Remember he faced the most shots in the league last year, so once that fiasco gets taken care of, facing less shots equals less goals, which could eq

  11. djshnooks - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Wow, you people have zero clue. Danny Heatley? That’s a complete joke. Buffalo got a 1st, a 2nd, and 2 top prospects (Larsson and Hackett) from Minnesota for Pominville…Thomas Vanek is worth twice as much. And Buffalo is stacked with defensemen, they want scoring in return for scoring…and going with a complete youth movement, Dany Heatly is the last player they would want in return.

  12. djshnooks - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Also…if a team waits til Vanek becomes a free agent, they won’t get him. Buffalo will not let another elite player walk out the door for nothing…ala Drury, Briere and Soupy. That is why you saw Pominville, Regehr and Leopold traded last year.

  13. buff80 - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    God help Buffalo with Reiger in charge of a re-build. He is a big reason why the team is where it is today.

    • djshnooks - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      He traded Zach Kassian for Cody Hodgson. (Win)

      He traded Jason Pominville for a 1st, 2nd, Hackett, Larsson. (Win IMO)

      He traded Paul Gaustad for a 1st rounder. (Huge Win)

      He traded Andrej Sekera for Jamie McBain and a 2nd – JT Compher. (Win)

      He got Grigorenko and Girgensons last year, Ristolainen and Zadorov this year. (Win)

      This guy has done nothing but bring in good prospects, via trade and the draft…it has fallen on the coaches to develop these guys and they failed to do so…Enter great USA talent developers Ron Rolston and Joe Sacco. Darcy Regier has not been the problem, it was Lindy Ruff and his philosophies that have hindered this team’s development and improvement.

      The ONLY thing he has screwed up was letting certain players walk without getting any return for them…which he can fix by handling Vanek, Miller and Ott the right way. Which, in my opinion, I see him re-signing Ott and Hodgson, maybe Vanek…but I think Miller is gone, because the goalie position is stacked with young talent they need to bring along.

      But to have no faith in this team right now, is just flat out silly.

  14. billyhauntswizards - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    would love Vanek on the Rangers. Really need a good top 6 LW to take the pressure off Kreider.

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