Found July 02, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, "If you didn't make the playoffs, your owner is asking, 'How are you going to improve the team?'" another executive said. "Usually, it's free agency, but not this year. We are going to see trades." The trigger could be who swings and misses in the free-agent market. Are teams like Edmonton (Ales Hemsky) and the Buffalo Sabres (Thomas Vanek) lurking in the weeds, waiting for teams who whiffed on their target? "Sorry, you didn't get your guy, but we've got someone who can help you score." The real wild card, though, is the offer sheet. For years, it had little presence in the NHL. Now we're seeing it used more often in a predatory manner -- Shea Weber, Ryan O'Reilly, Dustin Penner, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Vanek, etc. It's a polarizing tactic: some execs despise it because of its inflationary nature; others see a weak free-agent class and an opportunity to grab an unprotect...

Miller And Vanek In The Same Boat As Other Players Around The League

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News, The pressure to do something about Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek intensifies daily in Sabreland. The summer of 2007 scarred Buffalo, and neither the organization nor its fan base wants to watch assets depart for nothing again.... “We’ve probably been a little more public about the need to make decisions on these players at some point...
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