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Is Vanek worth $50 million?
Fri, July 6, 2007

Restricted free agent Thomas Vanek has signed US$50-million, seven-year offersheet with the Edmonton Oilers, a source told The Canadian Press on Friday.

The source said Vanek would receive salaries of $10 million and $8 million in the first two years of the deal before making $6.4 million in each of the remaining five seasons.

Oilers throw $50M at Vanek



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I don't care who it is, no hockey player is worth that kind of money.They are not in it for the sport anymore, it's money, money, money.
Bob, 2007-07-06 22:50:58

as someone who backed the players 100% during the lockout I can only say I told you so. Owners become owners in sport because they are jock sniffers. Vanity rules. So as much as they claim they need monetary logic it will never happen. As far as the Edmonton attempt at signing Thomas Vanek, good for Vanek. But Edmonton fans should hope that Thomas Golisano (who owns the Sabres)doesn't take this personally. As much as Mr.Golisano tries to run Buffalo as a small market team ( and rightly so), if he wanted to he could buy, sell, trade and destroy financially the tincup group known as the Edmonton Oiler ownership group. I think Mr.Golisano has more class, but who could blame him.
Stu, 2007-07-06 21:28:46

If the NHL would offer me 10 mills. to clean the ice with a tooth brush,i'd take it!!..Can't blame the players!!..This is their bread & butter (mind you,with those salaries,one could afford a slice of balony in between)..The rich keep getting richer,and the poor?...Well!..they keep on buying tickets!!CHEERS!!


Mitch, 2007-07-06 19:02:31

that's alot of money for a guy who,in the playoffs,looked like he didn't want to play!
hart, 2007-07-06 16:27:18

What Lowe has done is force the Sabres hand to fork over one helluva lot more than I bet they were ever willing to part with to retain Vanek.

The good side is, if Vanek can live up to that kind of superstar money the Sabres will benefit from his output.

The bad side is, if he flops they have someone on their hands like Yashin - with no hope of ever being able to get out from under without eating a large chunk of cash.

Idiocy all around - and the biggest fools of all are we sycophants, the hero- worshipping fans who will again flock to the rinks in some perverse hope that our team can ultimately "go all the way" so we can roar around the streets for a few days screaming our idiot heads off as if WE have accomplished something great!

Not me. I hope the whole rotten structure collapses.
George O'Leary, 2007-07-06 15:45:52

there is not any athlete worth the kind of money that is being paid out to these overpaid prima donnas. they claim that they enjoy the game so much why not let them prove it. i have not seen any of these so called athletes give up some of their own money for any charities. they all have websites etc. solely for income tax purposes.


harryanderson, 2007-07-06 14:37:50

Vanek is a good player with a good upside but no he isnt worth $ 10 million a year. This is a desperation move by Lowe and since he doesnt have a star attraction on the Oilers for next year is a pretty good move. He fronted ended the deal so maybe the Sabres wont be able to match it. I give Lowe an A for effort, he needs someone in Edmonton badly. Then if he does get Vanek maybe he can use him to draw free agents to play with him next summer. Good luck Lowe.
Jimmy, 2007-07-06 14:04:55

There isn't a player in the league that's worth $7+ million/year and I'm including Sidney Crosby. I guess the lockout was all for nothing because insanity still prevails. I'm for cutting the cap by 33%, ticket prices by a similar amount and let the fans share some of the wealth. Then these GMs signing the big contracts are left with egg on their faces and 1/3 of their payroll locked up in one player.

That being said, it was a good move by Lowe. It's been proven time and again that the only players who will stay in Edmonton are locals or Europeans who haven't had a taste of life in other more livable North American cities. So Vanek might have stuck around more than one year. And, if it didn't work, by forcing Buffalo to sign him for funny money he eats into their cap. Once all other teams are solidly up against the cap then maybe Edmonton will have their pick of the second tier players who can't get more than the league minimum elsewhere. Maybe that's his strategy?
Rick W., 2007-07-06 13:51:42

Vanek is one of my favorite players, but he's not worth more than what Briere and Drury were asking for. This is Kevin Lowe's last desperation move, and it was very poorly selected. After losing what Buffalo has already lost, they were forced to match this offer, and Lowe knew that - not only did he break the unwritten rule of GMs, but he went after a team whose fans were in just as bad of spirits as Oiler fans. If he isn't fired as a result of this business, the Oilers will be the laughing stock of the league... if they're not already.
Richie, 2007-07-06 13:14:19

I like Vanek as a player, and I would love to see him skate on that ice in Edmonton.
oilpatch, 2007-07-06 13:13:07

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