Originally written on Buffalo Wins  |  Last updated 11/20/14

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)
It really didn’t take the start to this season by Thomas Vanek for some knuckleheads out there finally to come to the realization that the guy can be pretty good at hockey, did it?  Were these the last holdouts, the diehards, who still hold it against Vanek that his agent played the sitch to perfection in July 2007?  Whatever.  The Sabres now have 9 points this year, and he is responsible for what – 7 of them?? We’ve seen Vanek get hot in the past, but this is a whole other level were watching.  Stupid good.  Enough to keep the schmoes off his oft cross-checked back when he cools off?  Puh-leeze.  This is Buffalo.  We still boo Brian Campbell.  So trust me, the “Lazy Vanek” garbage will start popping up again, even if just from the trolls.  Until then, let’s just enjoy the (to this point) one true bright spot to a rough open 3 weeks to the Sabres season. How bright?  Well, when was the last time you could seriously name a Sabre that wasn’t Dominik Hasek to be a candidate for
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