Vanek to miss the all-star game
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02-17-2005, 02:20 AM
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To add on top of that... Vanek isn't some 3rd pairing defensemen that a national team can live without. He is the best player Austria has. Right now he probably is Austrian hockey. They didn't qualify with him but I can't believe they'd have a shot in hell without him. Frankly I think he's more important to Austria in that qualifier than he is to Rochester over these four games. I don't have a problem with him doing this at all, nor do I for any other player on the team. There are bigger things that four midseason AHL games that really don't mean much anyway. I would guess his teammates aren't all that bothered either.
Vanek sure is a very important part of Team Austria, but because Austria is rather deep on forwards, but thin on D, a guy like Syracuse defenseman Andre Lakos is more important than Vanek. I really think if Lakos wasn't injured and could have played in the qualifying tournament, Austria would be through...
Reinhard Divis is another big part of that team...
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