Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/28/13

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Thomas Vanek #26 of the Buffalo Sabres controls the puck near the side boards against the Carolina Hurricanes during their NHL game on November 28, 2009 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. The Sabres defeated the Hurricanes 5-1. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Will Thomas Vanek be a member of the Buffalo Sabres for a while longer or won't he? Inquiring minds want to know. Since it became clear that the Sabres were finally going to cut bait on some of their more established players and go the rebuilding route -- made clear when Jason Pominville was traded to Minnesota last season -- people have wondered about his future in Buffalo (Ryan Miller's too). In the past Vanek had made it clear that he wasn't keen on going through a rebuilding phase. But did he ask for a trade out of Buffalo the way that some suggested? He addressed that with Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 in Buffalo. "No I never asked to be traded so when people do mention it I'm surprised. Did I think I was going to get traded no because I never once went in there and said I don't want to be here. I said 'Right now I'm not looking for an extension but not saying that I wouldn't want one down the road but right now I just want to see where it goes'." Vanek added "We're a young team ...
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