Former Rochester Americans and Buffalo Sabres captain Thomas Vanek is a witness in a federal gambling investigation. [TWC News].
Say it ain’t so Thomas, say it aint so? Ok, so it isn’t like Thomas Vanek himself is part of the investigation; or that he is being charged with anything. The twitter world did go viral yesterday when he was in town to meet with federal investigators.
Vanek’s agent Steve Bartlett released a statement on Monday stating his client was asked by federal investigators to cooperate in an investigation.
The case surrounds the Marina Restaurant and Bar in Charlotte, NC. What is even more curious about the case is the fact that Nathan Paetsch‘s name popped up as a part owner of the bar in question – possibly the link to Vanek’s involvement?
Bar owners Paul Borelli and Joseph Rupp each face 23 counts for illegal gambling.
Buffalo Sabres and Rasmus Ristolainen both benefit from another year in Rochester. [HockeyBuzz].
The Buffalo Sabres are not going to be a good hockey team next year. They will be better, but you can’t get much worse than what happened last year.
There is a good case for any player eligible to play in Rochester to play in Rochester in the upcoming 2014-2015 season. While the Buffalo Sabres are trying to resurrect themselves from the ashes of a total meltdown – the Rochester Americans are a playoff contending team looking to finally get out of the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs.
That means for guys like Ristolainen – they will be better off with another year of seasoning on a winning hockey club, than to dog it out for a year answering questions about why we couldn’t get it done night in and night out on the NHL stage.
The case can be made either way, but the safe bet for eligible players is with the Rochester Americans.
From the sound of things out of Elmira – the entire Elmira Jackals organization is without a doubt, unhappy with missing the playoffs last year, and the new head coach is destined to change that culture. It doesn’t hurt that the Buffalo Sabres have invested in your franchise as an ECHL affiliate either.
Elmira continues a busy off season in which they are rekeying their roster with important elements from last year as well as some veteran upgrades to make themselves more of a contender.
In seven years in the ECHL – the Jackals made the playoffs in all but last season, but have never made it beyond the first round, despite finishing first in the East in 2009-2010 and 1st in the Atlantic in 2011-2012.