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Elliotte Friedman: Blues Pursued Vanek Back In October

Postby SIU LAW » Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:18 pm

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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Re: Elliotte Friedman: Blues Pursued Vanek Back In October

Postby SIU LAW » Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:28 pm

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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Re: Elliotte Friedman: Blues Pursued Vanek Back In October

Postby dmiles2186 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:49 am

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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Re: Elliotte Friedman: Blues Pursued Vanek Back In October

Postby gaijin » Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:37 am

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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