He's nursing a nagging injury. Read Ruff's post-practice comments today. You could've saved yourself much time and frustration.
Fair enough, but Vanek has never been given ice time under Ruff. 16-17 minutes tops. He's been pretty consistent since he was on our third line in 06-07. I personally feel he's our best player and he needs more ice time. Hell Chris Kunitz sees more ice time than Vanek.
While he’s on pace to approach his career average for goals this season, Vanek has also displayed a knack for coming up big at key times. Of his 18 goals, nine have come either with the game tied or the Sabres trailing by one and seven have come in the third period or overtime. In addition, Buffalo is 10-3-2 in games in which Vanek scores a goal.