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View Poll Results: Did Buffalo make the correct call in matching the Oilers offer to keep Vanek?
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Old 07-09-2007, 09:50 PM   #1
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Default Sabres match Oilers' $50M offer to Vanek

I love talking to myself as much as the next guy, but maybe a poll will bring in more people.

Anyways, a couple days ago the Edmonton Oilers signed restricted free agent Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres to 7 year $50 million deal. Because he was a restricted free agent, the Oilers had to give up 4 first round draft picks to Buffalo in the coming years if Vanek went to Edmonton.

Having already lost Drury and Briere, the Sabres easily matched the offer and Vanek stays in Buffalo.

Vanek recorded 43 goals (41 assists; 84 points) in only his second NHL season; he scored 25 goals in 05-06. He's a natural scorer and a good player, but was $50 million over 7 years a little too much for him? Or were there outside circumstances (losing Drury and Briere) that made it a must for the Sabres to match the offer?
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Originally Posted by BurghGuy View Post
I love talking to myself as much as the next guy

OK...I voted...you can close the thread now....

But I think the Sabres made the right move. This kid's got a high ceiling & like you said, they couldn't afford not to make the move & lose yet another. Sometimes it's not just a simple case of money...
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