Thread: Speculation: Trading Vanek
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06-11-2013, 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by OkimLom View Post
So is using him IN FRONT of the goalie:

1) We had a TERRIBLE PP with a limited amount of skill.
2) Our best/most Dangerous GOAL SCORER/PASSER is tied up in front of the net with a GUY on him at ALL TIMES
3) Our Defensemen are terrible at accepting passes, bobbles the puck too much, doesn't have time to get a shot through
4) The Buffalo fanbase still wants Vanek in front of the net because "He's got great hand-eye coordination"
5) We stick with this plan for 7 years, even with Rolston taking over
6) We all talk about how Vanek is always injured...
Originally Posted by koarl View Post
However, Vanek can and should be used wherever nobody can do better. If you got a strong body with enough skill, place him in front of the goalie instead of Vanek on the PP and/or split time there with him.
The Sabres have tried in the past to put "big bodies" (Tsyplakov, Gratton, Zubrus, Gaustad, Mancari) other than Vanek in front of the net and it never worked because none of them had the hand-eye coordination of Vanek. He's been used there more for that reason than for sheer bulk IMO - and I would argue that the Sabres haven't had someone succeed at converting rebounds and deflections into goals from in front of the net as well as Vanek since Andreychuk was traded 20 years ago.

The sad fact is that before Vanek, the Sabres haven't had many wingers who could be considered natural goal scorers on the wing since Mogilny - Satan and Dumont might be the only exceptions. So while Vanek's talent could have been utilized just as well from the open ice as from the front of the net, the Sabres haven't had many wingers capable of scoring consistently from either area in a long time IMO.

That's why I'm disappointed in the possibility of him being traded or leaving in free agency.

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