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08-07-2013, 08:42 AM
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I feel like you've posted this a thousand times in other threads since the season ended.

Everyone knows Vanek is a great goalscorer. But he's streaky and is the focal point of a failed core in Buffalo.

This lockout-shortened season is indicative of the kind of scorer Vanek is. He finished with 20 goals in 38 games. Of those 20 goals, 11 came in the team's first 11 games of the season. Which means he scored 9 over the course of the next 27, including 3 in 13 following his hot start. This has happened nearly every season he's been in the NHL.

The difference between the majority of the scorers you listed and Vanek is that they're prolific goal scorers from game no. 1 to game no. 82 (er, 48). Sure, they slump. But they're still dangerous for 60 minutes. Vanek puts up fancy totals by the end of the season, but during the thick of it he's typically injured, playing hurt or simply MIA.

I think he should be shipped out at the deadline.

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