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Speculation has Vanek moving to Minnesota

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07:43 AM ET 10.14 | Jason Pominville's becoming more and more recognizable in the Twin Cities, but any conversation with a fan usually winds up in the same place. It takes mere minutes for hockey-mad Wild and Gophers fans to ask Pominville if his former Buffalo Sabres teammate, Thomas Vanek, will soon be reuniting with him in Minnesota. ... Vanek, the former Gophers star who helped lead the University of Minnesota to a national championship in 2003, can become a free agent July 1. The winless Sabres are in rebuild mode, so many assume Vanek is a goner and have pegged the goal-scorer as Wild-bound. Vanek, the Sabres co-captain who lives in Stillwater during the offseason, owns a piece of the city's Lumberyard Hockey and Sports Center and trains at Mariucci Arena, is aware #PariseWatch and #SuterWatch on Twitter two summers ago has already turned into #VanekWatch in Minnesota. But free agency, Vanek says, is not on his mind.

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October 14, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Buffalo biggest problem is having enough players to put the puck into the net. Instead of trading or letting your best player they need to build around him for the future.

October 14, 2013  09:41 AM ET

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends.

October 14, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends.

Thank you.

Enjoy the day as well. Love the American Thanksgiving way more though. Parade and football. Tough to beat it.

October 14, 2013  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends.

Indeed. Hope it's a great day for everyone there.

October 14, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Thank you.Enjoy the day as well. Love the American Thanksgiving way more though. Parade and football. Tough to beat it.

Admit it. You just like to gorge on turkey and dessert. Turn on the TV, belch and fall asleep? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

October 14, 2013  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Thank you.

Enjoy the day as well. Love the American Thanksgiving way more though. Parade and football. Tough to beat it.

Wings/Bruins this afternoon works for me.

October 14, 2013  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Admit it. You just like to gorge on turkey and dessert. Turn on the TV, belch and fall asleep? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

We had our bird yesterday. First turkey fart recorded at 6:25 am. :-)

October 14, 2013  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Buffalo biggest problem is having enough players to put the puck into the net. Instead of trading or letting your best player they need to build around him for the future.

Can't disagree with you there, but put yourself in the shoes of Vanek. He's a premier unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. He's trapped on the worst team in the NHL. If you were Vanek, would you choose to re-sign to the worst team in the league early in the rebuilding process?

At some point in the season, a highly paid top line wing on a playoff contender will sustain a season ending injury. When that happens and enough LTIR cap space is cleared, Vanek will get traded for some picks/prospects. It makes sense for both sides.

October 14, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends.

yes, Happy Thanksgiving to all. Made some homemade apple and pumpkin pies this weekend.

October 14, 2013  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Can't disagree with you there, but put yourself in the shoes of Vanek. He's a premier unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. He's trapped on the worst team in the NHL. If you were Vanek, would you choose to re-sign to the worst team in the league early in the rebuilding process?At some point in the season, a highly paid top line wing on a playoff contender will sustain a season ending injury. When that happens and enough LTIR cap space is cleared, Vanek will get traded for some picks/prospects. It makes sense for both sides.

so deadline deal?

October 14, 2013  10:28 AM ET

We might never hear from Nardo again....:-(

October 14, 2013  10:49 AM ET
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so deadline deal?

May not last until the deadline. If Patrick Marleau blows a knee tomorrow night, you can bet San Jose will be on the phone with Buffalo Wednesday morning.

October 14, 2013  11:21 AM ET

Not much action this morning. I guess Canadians are either eating or preparing turkeys and Americans are buying mattresses.

October 14, 2013  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends.

And Columbus Day to all your Italian friends:)

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October 14, 2013  12:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

We might never hear from Nardo again....:-(

blocked!

October 14, 2013  12:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Thank you.Enjoy the day as well. Love the American Thanksgiving way more though. Parade and football. Tough to beat it.

I like the Canadian Thanksgiving right where it is. Unlike us, you guys have a few more weeks to digest your Thanksgiving turkey before tackling the Christmas festivities. Enjoy!

October 14, 2013  12:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

blocked!

Maybe they should put you in goal, NY

October 14, 2013  12:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Buffalo biggest problem is having enough players to put the puck into the net. Instead of trading or letting your best player they need to build around him for the future.

Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller to Edmonton for Nail Yakupov, next year's 1st round pick and .... a prospect?

 
October 14, 2013  01:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

We might never hear from Nardo again....:-(

Was that him on that bridge in NJ this morning?

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