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by Paul on 01/30/07 at 09:14 AM ET
from the Democrat & Chronicle,
It very easily could have gone the other way for Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek.
Last spring, for the first time in his hockey career, the wonderfully skilled native of Austria was nothing more than a part-time player when the Sabres were storming through the Stanley Cup playoffs.
After playing the prized rookie left wing in all but one of the 82 regular-season games, Sabres coach Lindy Ruff crossed Vanek’s name off the lineup sheet eight times in 18 postseason games.
“I worry every time I take a player out how he’s going to react,” Ruff said recently. “Obviously, the spotlight is even bigger when you take a player that has the offensive caliber of Thomas out of the lineup in the playoffs.”
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