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04-09-2012, 07:45 AM
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squidz*
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Trading for Vanek would be a mistake. We're not in that position to add a piece to put us over the top. We're still building this team, and until we have some proven pieces in position, ready to make a run at the cup, we can't be moving fair value for 28 year olds.

Look at Vanek's goal totals: 25-43-36-40-28-32-26

He's hit that point we've talked about before. Goal scorers taper off around 26-28. By the time this team is ready to start contending, he'll be at least 30. That 28-32-26 stretch will likely have settled into 22-26-20. Of course, that's assuming we somehow retain him after his contract is up. The price Buffalo is going to ask is far too high for this team to pay for 2 years of an aging goal scorer. If he were a free agent, I'd love to go after him, but this particular team is not in a position to pay the price to obtain him in trade.

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