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April 29, 2013 | 9:23am ET
Vanek would welcome trade
TheFourthPeriod.com

With the Sabres smack in the middle of an entire rebuild, and with goalie Ryan Miller likely the next to go, sniper Thomas Vanek would welcome a change of scenery.

Last month, a source close to the situation told TFP that Vanek would not sign an extension with the Sabres and is likely to walk as a free agent following the 2013-14 season.

Understanding the team's current state, and that Miller is expected to be dealt this off-season, Vanek is open to the idea of being traded this summer if the opportunity presented itself.

"Let's be honest. I'm not stupid. I know I have a year left and they can probably deal me for prospects, young guys, whatever else is out there," Vanek told the Buffalo News this weekend. "Yeah, I've thought about it. If it looks like it's a long rebuild, then it probably makes sense for both parties to move on."

Several teams inquired about Vanek's services prior to the April 3 trade deadline, but talks never materialized into anything overly serious.

Trade talks will pick up soon, though negotiations should escalate close to the NHL Draft on June 30 in New Jersey.

"It's part of the business. I'm not going to sit at home and pout about it," Vanek said. "I'll reflect on the time I've had here, which was up and down. But for myself personally, I enjoyed myself, always tried to make my teammates/linemates better and for the most part I think I accomplished that.

"There's different types of rebuilds. There's one where you can trade and get good players back or you do it through the draft. I guess we'll have to wait and see. It's tough to tell right now."

Miller, meanwhile, has acknowledged this was likely his last season in Buffalo.

Sabres GM Darcy Regier will explore trade options over the next several weeks and into late-June.

A number of teams are looking for an upgrade between the pipes, but with one-year left on his contract, it's unclear how much they're willing to spend on Miller.

The Philadelphia Flyers were linked to having interest in Miller and Vanek, though a source within the organization told TFP the team is not looking to acquire Miller -- Vanek, however, is a different story.

The Flyers have several young NHL-ready players they could dangle as trade bait for Vanek, which could speed up Regier's rebuild.

As teams solidify their off-season direction and conclude their postmortem season evaluations, trade talks for both Miller and Vanek will increase.


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