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06-18-2013, 09:26 PM
The Perpetual Retool
Join Date: Mar 2011
I mean, okay, Vanek fans. I agree he probably would still have some jam left at 35, maybe could be a special situations kind of player on a cup winner, guy who plays a lot on the PP and puts up 25 goals, although probably not the #1LW anymore, unless the team is stacked everywhere else.
But three things: 1. I think the odds are at least 75% that even if we want him and try to re-sign him, he walks. 2. He has more value now than he will in a year when teams know we have to get rid of him. 3. One year of Vanek's services, in which we aren't going to win anything either with or without him, can be the difference between acquiring Tavares and acquiring Joe Blow who fizzles out and hits his ceiling as a third liner.
In five years, I'm not going to miss that one year of Vanek's services. But I will sure as hell miss not having drafted Tavares.
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