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Brooks: Thomas Vanek serves as a free agency ‘test case’

The New York Post's Larry Brooks was very busy on Saturday evening, pondering the fates of Brian Boyle and the Rangers' unrestricted and restricted free agents-to-be, as well as positing a thorough set of NHL notes. The main topic of his latter work may be a well-tread-upon (trodden-upon?) subject, but it bears repeating.

On July 1st, we know that Thomas Vanek will earn a boatload of money. What we don't know is how much he's going to earn, nor do we know whether his spectacularly mediocre playoff run with the Montreal Canadiens has changed NHL general managers' minds as to whether Vanek is in fact a game-breaking player, or whether he's the kind of "specialist" player who needs to be placed amidst both a strong supporting cast and a set of doing-the-hard-work-for-him linemates who must pave the way for someone who might not be the natural goal-scoring machine everyone thought he was prior to his trade to the Islanders last December.

Is Vanek worth the investment that somebody is more likely than not to put into someone who either is a game-breaker or is in fact the modern-day Ray Sheppard? Brooks isn't sure:

[There's no] evidence at all the winger is remotely worth the seven-year, $50 million deal he rejected from the Islanders before being sent to Montreal at the deadline. No evidence he is anyone’s missing piece to a playoff puzzle.

And yet, the rule of the NHL market is — or has been: Players don’t pay a price for having underperformed and teams indeed will pay the manufacturer’s sticker price, regardless.

See: Semin, Alex for a prime example. Another: Thornton, Joe.

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Nightmare on whatever street Buffalo’s arena is on

I can’t recall a period that went as badly for the Montreal Canadiens. Certainly not one where they had the lead. Montreal leads after one, yet lost three players to what could be serious injuries. Mike Cammalleri was checked, somewhat questionably, and went headfirst into the boards. Although he didn’t appear to hit his head, it looked like he may have hurt his wrist. He has not returned. Soon after, Max Pacioretty took a blistering James Wisniewski shot off the chest or upper arm, and late in the period PK Subban took a hard shot off his leg. Brian Gionta also took a Hal Gill clearing shot off his face, but he was able to shake it off and stay in the game. Add to all that the fact that the Habs are battling a vicious flu bug, and this does not bode well for Montreal.

On the plus side, David Desharnais scored his second as a Canadien, and he is looking better every game as he becomes comfortable in the NHL. He may be small, but he goes right to the net in traffic - and that’s where he’s scored his first two NHL goals.

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