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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:18 pm 
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Interesting tidbit. I think this was floated by another writer (perhaps Burnside) back in October.

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Thomas Vanek told Newsday's Arthur Staple he would consider re-signing with the New York Islanders, even if he was traded by them. The same theory exists around Matt Moulson, who's been a good fit in Buffalo, although you never know what happens once a player leaves (leaving any kind of paper trail is a really bad idea, too). A lot of teams like Moulson. As for Vanek, the St. Louis Blues were in on him back in October. I can't see why that wouldn't be the case again.


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Obviously back then, the Blues were uncertain whether they would have one of the better offensives in the league. In the deal with the Islanders, the Sabres retained 19.5% of Vanek’s salary. If you assume that the Sabres would have been willing to do that for the Blues, or perhaps a little bit more, you would have to assume that someone with an Oshie or Stewart level salary was going to back the other way…


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Definitely an interesting tidbit. I'm trying to remember discussion back here this summer, it seems Vanek's name came up a few times. His offense would have been nice, for sure. But the way it's turned out, obviously we've got scoring up and down the roster, and I like that depth over one guy. Plus, the Islanders had to give up Moulson for Vanek, I'm not sure I'd want to give up a quality roster player to acquire Vanek.

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dmiles2186 wrote:
I'm not sure I'd want to give up a quality roster player to acquire Vanek.


At this point, no. If for some reason, we go back to trying to win every game by a score of 1-0 like we used to, then yeah, maybe. I think the only way you give up that quality roster player at this point is for an absolute game-changer.

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