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The Vanek attack

Be sure to check out our big feature on Thomas Vanek in Tuesday's paper. On pace for 65 goals, this looks like the year Vanek is breaking out to become a superstar. He was first in the NHL to 20 goals, is tops in team goal percentage (29.6) and is on pace to join Alexander Mogilny as the only 60-goal scorers in franchise history.

It's already been a big year for Vanek. He got married over the summer and told me recently that his wife and 15-month-old son make him feel more grounded off the ice.

"They've really helped me learn how to deal with things," he said. "Having a son puts life in perspective. Before him, it was hockey-hockey-hockey. But a child puts family ahead right away. Good or bad day, he makes the day better when you come home."

There haven't been too many bad days in Vanek's season thus far. Imagine where the Sabres would be without him to this point. The comments section is open for any and all thoughts on Vanek and be sure to vote in the accompanying poll.

---Mike Harrington

 

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

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.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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