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02-12-2013, 05:38 PM
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I've literally never seen a thread about this ever before.

1) Eberle was not taken with Edmonton's pick -- that pick would not have belonged to Buffalo
2) If the Oilers get Vanek, A- he's a difference-maker on the ice, and B- it means they would've continued to pursue free agents and trades that made them more competitive; they would not have "tanked" or attempted to rebuild, especially knowing they didn't have their 1st rounders

3) Buffalo really didn't have much choice but to match. Drury left us for a childhood dream to play for NYR, and Briere was chased out by cheap ownership with dumb rules about contract negotiation. If we had let Vanek walk, we probably could've gotten Hall/RNH/etc with our own picks.

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