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Sabres' thoughts on Vanek

BOSTON -- The Sabres did not make Thomas Vanek available to the media after today's morning skate but here's some chatter about No. 26 from other members of the Blue and Gold.

Craig Rivet
"He's been on the ice for the last couple days. He wanted to play in Game Three. Obviously, watching him walk you didn't have to put too much thought into it that he needed more time to heal. But he's had some time and they've done a ton of work on him off ice. He feels real confident, he's skating well. And watching him shoot the puck today, it was like, "Wow, it's nice to get a guy like that back who has a knack for the net." He feels real confident with his leg and we're real happy to have him back."

Derek Roy
"It's huge. He's obviosly a talented goal scorer and does things people don't see. He's good defensively and we need him to obviously scare the other team a little bit and add to the power play because he's great there."

Ryan Miller
He's excited to be back. It's been tough for him to watch just talking to him. He does bring a new element to our offense. It looks like he's getting around the ice just fine. I kind of feel for him because I was there about a year ago in a similar situation."

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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