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07:29 AM ET 10.30 | Thomas Vanek now finds himself playing for the Islanders on Long Island, but he could very well have landed in a significantly more high-profile NHL hockey city north of the border. The Sabres were believed to be asking for a key forward from the Toronto Maple Leafs and financially the deal didn't work either, even though the Buffalo Sabres were willing to retain salary as they did in making the deal with the New York Islanders. They're believed to have retained somewhere between $1.3 and $1.4 million. It was not a fit for the Leafs, so the negotiation or conversation between Darcy Regier and Dave Nonis didn't take all that long. It was not a good fit from a player perspective, either, with Vanek being a winger.

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October 30, 2013  08:39 AM ET

Wait, let me get this straight. We already have a Vanek Isles picture but we can't get an updated three or four fingers Torts behind the Nucks bench?!?! Horrible!

October 30, 2013  08:58 AM ET

The Sabres must have been going after that coveted #1 centre.

October 30, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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Wait, let me get this straight. We already have a Vanek Isles picture but we can't get an updated three or four fingers Torts behind the Nucks bench?!?! Horrible!

lots of office Halloween parties.....

October 30, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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lots of office Halloween parties.....

It's the Buttgoblin's favourite time of year.

October 30, 2013  10:19 AM ET
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Wait, let me get this straight. We already have a Vanek Isles picture but we can't get an updated three or four fingers Torts behind the Nucks bench?!?! Horrible!

He's just waiting for the postseason to become animated...also known as the fiery season in Vancouver and Montreal.

October 30, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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Wait, let me get this straight. We already have a Vanek Isles picture but we can't get an updated three or four fingers Torts behind the Nucks bench?!?! Horrible!

Not to mention the Selanne "Chili cookoff" picture. What's that one, 4 years olde?

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October 30, 2013  10:33 AM ET
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It's the Buttgoblin's favourite time of year.

he doesnt even need a mask or costume

October 30, 2013  11:20 AM ET
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Wait, let me get this straight. We already have a Vanek Isles picture but we can't get an updated three or four fingers Torts behind the Nucks bench?!?! Horrible!

Why are you so surprised? This is T&R where you learn to expect the unexpected.

 
October 30, 2013  02:05 PM ET

So we can say the Leafs were "doubting Thomas?"

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