Thread: Speculation: Trading Vanek
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06-11-2013, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by ZZamboni View Post
So if you take away any games where he was scaled back due to injury, a healthy Vanek under Ruff vs. Rolston would be ... Closer?
Originally Posted by Sabretip View Post
Thanks, Woody - I didn't think that was the case but I guess, with Vanek's hot start and how often Ruff used the Hodgson line as a result, it makes sense in retrospect.
Originally Posted by Chainshot View Post
Including two games he didn't finish due to injury (3/26 vs. Tampa and 3/19 vs. Montreal), he was clearly laboring in ToI from the Sens game on 3/16. Removing those games under Rolston from when he first left with an injury:
  • 20 games, 18:24 ToI (his average for the entire season), 8 goals, 8 assists, 16 points

He was pretty clearly laboring with injury at times throughout mid-March from the 16th on until he shut it down to heal.
Like Chain said, injuries were likely a factor in driving down Vanek's ATOI in Rolston's reign, but nonetheless he still dressed and had seven sub-16:00-TOI games as opposed to just one under Ruff. Also, Vanek had four games of 20:00+ under each coach FWIW.

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