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Cooler Heads Prevailing, Thomas Vanek Ready To Return To Buffalo Sabres

Thomas Vanek is hoping the Buffalo Sabres made the right moves this off season to at least make some noise this upcoming season.  It seems that in speaking with the media that cooler heads are prevailing; and that Vanek is not upset about the fact that he could be starting the 2013-2014 regular season against a new and younger, largely unproven Buffalo Sabres squad.

Or he could just be putting on a good front.

Either way, Thomas Vanek is preparing for the upcoming season – and will be ready to play, with the Buffalo Sabres if he has to.

The Buffalo Sabres are determined to start the best scorer they have on their roster, the only proven offensive commodity set to wear blue and gold this upcoming season.  Is Vanek speaking honestly with the media in Minneapolis or is he playing a very well played smoke and mirrors campaign putting on a smiling face as is the Thomas Vanek way?

It’s of no surprise the Buffalo Sabres are drawing the ire of many of their fans for not doing enough.  Sure they went big and young at defense at the draft, but what have they added this to this team?  You resigned several of your fringe restricted free agents – and kept John Scott around.  The one RFA that could help this team the most, and Thomas Vanek’s centerman, Cody Hodgson, remains unsigned.

In one fell swoop Thomas Vanek loses his core partner, his neighbor, and now his center?  If you are trying to inspire Thomas Vanek to stick around and sign an extension to his deal, Darcy Regier is doing a bangup job of pushing the void between Vanek and the Buffalo Sabres even wider.

If Vanek is really saying “show me, don’t tell me” in this interview, then Darcy Regier is failing miserably.

Vanek said on locker cleanout day that he has no interest in sticking around for a long rebuild.  The lack of activity in the free agent market by the Buffalo Sabres have been a very telling sign that this is going to be a long, and “suffering” rebuild.



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