Oilers offer Vanek offer sheet -$50M - Sabres Match

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Oilers offer Vanek offer sheet -$50M - Sabres Match

Post by mattola » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:06 am

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212929&hubname=nhl

The Edmonton Oilers have made a huge splash in the restricted free agent pool.

Sources tell TSN that the team has signed forward Thomas Vanek to a seven-year, $50 million offer sheet, a signing that carries a price tag of four first round picks as compensation to the Buffalo Sabres if the team chooses not to retain him.
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Post by nuxfanindallas » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:10 am

This has got to be the 2nd most idiotic move in the history of the Oilers.....it's one thing to sign him to that kind of a deal after two full seasons, but quite another to give up 4 FIRST ROUNDERS IN THE PROCESS!!! I guess this is the only way Edmonton is going to be able to attract players.....

As a Canucks fan, I can't say I'm disappointed.....

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Post by Bartman » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:14 am

Wow. I knew Lowe was getting desperate but...wow!

If Buffalo matches Lowe has shown how desperate he is and other GM's are going to treat him like a vulture treats a dying coyote. If Buffalo let's him go the Oil will have the noose of that contract for years to come and lose the ability to draft top prospects with all the picks they would give up.

Wow. After losing their co-captains Buffalo can't affoard to lose another top line player. I bet they'll match. Wow.
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Post by Madcombinepilot » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:18 am

omfg.


I would hate to be an Oil OR a Sabres fan right now.....


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Post by mattola » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:21 am

either way one of these teams will be drastically changed for the next 3-4 years. Buffalo has taken devastating hits and Edmonton cant attract flies to their s#$t pile.

I feel for their fans. I wouldnt want it to happen here.

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Post by Linden Is God » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:26 am

This is just stupid. If I'm Regier, I walk away. Edmonton will still suck, the Sabres will get decent draft picks. Lowe is showing how desperate he is right now.

I guess we'll see what's said during the Sabres press conference at 12:30 EST.
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Post by Grizzly » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:40 am

Unreal ... in todays NHL with drafts being so important that is an absolutely horrible deal .... I hope the Oilers have their cupboards already fully stocked cause that doesn't make alot of sense ... Vanek is good but he isn't going to carry the team ...

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Post by tantalum » Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:08 am

This is a guy desperate to save his job and the future be damned. The Oilers are going to quite possibly be worse than the team that lost all those games down the stretch.

Buffalo will match anyways as they can't afford to lose Vanek on top of Briere and Drury. Atleast I assume so. I don't think this offer forces buffalo into any sort of trade talks either.

Edit: Apparently buffalo did match it.

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Post by Meerschaum » Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:12 am

Buffalo has matched.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212929&hubname=

Lowe loses again and comes off as the biggest assclown in the League since Clarke lost his marbles.

Hmmmn. Maybe they should run some tests on Lowe for dementia.
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Post by tantalum » Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:34 am

I hope Buffalo extends a huge offer sheet to Pitkanen.

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Post by Jyrki21 » Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:41 am

I guess the other thread was right: Edmonton was pissed, and they took out their agrression on another small-market team.

Seriously, you have to assume that anyone's going to match an RFA offer sheet when the guy's any good. Remember how 29 GMs reacted to the Kesler signing last summer; it's not much less of a no-brainer with a guy like Vanek, even if four Oiler first-rounders sounds lipsmacking. All Lowe did was make enemies here; I don't think there was a realistic chance of them actually getting their man.

Look what we have this summer: low-profile teams getting raped and turning against each other while the Philadelphias and Colorados of this world continue to sit in their sedan chairs, margarita in hand, and watch.
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Post by levelheaded » Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:52 am

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Why does everything bad happen to us Sabres fans? $7 freaking Million for Vanek now? If we'd resigned either Briere or Drury I would've happily taken those 4 first round picks (which have to come from Edmonton, so they will be high). Vanek wasn't even that terrific last year. He fed off Briere most of the season, watch him fall to a 25 goal scorer this year. This is just about the worst month in Sabres history. Other then being cheated out of a cup.

The Canuck fan in me likes how desperate the Oilers are getting though :?

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Post by magnum44 » Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:58 am

Desperate move by Lowe but I guess he is under pressure to show the fans/owners that he is doing all that he can to right the ship. 4 1st rounders on top of a 7 mill salary is pretty steep for Vanek. Personally I would can lowe before he completely mortgages the teams future to try and save his job.
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Re: Oilers offer Vanek offer sheet -$50M - Sabres Match

Post by DavidPratt_ » Fri Jul 06, 2007 11:00 am

mattola wrote:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212929&hubname=nhl

The Edmonton Oilers have made a huge splash in the restricted free agent pool.

Sources tell TSN that the team has signed forward Thomas Vanek to a seven-year, $50 million offer sheet, a signing that carries a price tag of four first round picks as compensation to the Buffalo Sabres if the team chooses not to retain him.
This is an example of a desperate GM overpaying. Some GMs have this belief that the goal is to make a 'big splash' at the trading deadline or during free agency. The GOAL is to win the Stanley Cup. Edmonton won't win the Stanley Cup by getting Vanek and they are crippling their future by giving up draft picks.

Vancouver needs to do something - luckily they are not doing something stupid like this.

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Post by tantalum » Fri Jul 06, 2007 11:04 am

It's a desperate move by Lowe and a stupid one. but it isn't stupid for the reason of offering a RFA a big contract. It's stupid because Buffalo was always going to match and it was obvious. Lowe didn't need Regeir to tell him the Sabres were going to match yet Regeir did just that last night.

As a general strategy i don't think it is necessarily stupid when you have a large amount of young players like the Oilers do. And it will happen more and more. GMs who get pissed at the idea better get a thick skin and learn how to exploit it for themselves.

Now if Lowe had picked a big name RFA later in the summer when a team is pushing the cap he makes a potentially astute move.

And don't let Regeir off the hook here. I believe he had a chance to sign Vanek to a 4 yr/$16 mil extension during the season. he htne neglected to get Vanek tied up before the free agency period. Just as Nonis made an error by leaving Kesler so long so to did the Sabres make an error with Vanek. They also made an error with Drury....they had negotiated an extension last summer for $5 mil a year and both sides agreed on it. Drury waited for the contract to sign and it never came....it;s why Drury was upset with Buffalo management this past season and why he was always going to hit the UFA market.

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