Vanek and Miller upset with Pominville trade

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Updated: April 4, 2013

Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek, two of the longest tenured Sabres, lost a long-time friend at yesterday’s trade deadline.

Miller, speaking about former teammate Jason Pominville, did not come off as very happy during his media availability this afternoon.

“Not a great day,” said Ryan Miller. “That’s what happens when you don’t perform in season as a team.”

Thomas Vanek did not seem very happy either.

“It hasn’t happened in the past,” Vanek said. “Now with Jason gone, that obviously sends a message that change is happening.”

This trade comes just a few days after Vanek told the Buffalo media that he was not looking to be apart of a rebuild, and he went on to echo that thought this afternoon.

“It’s hard to say yes or no (on staying in Buffalo) because no one has let me know what direction this is heading,” Vanek said. “Again, we’ll finish the year out and I’m sure at least I would expect them to let me know what the future is with myself.”

Ryan Miller had just about the same thing to say to the media.

“I have to talk to Darcy about it,” Miller said. “This is obviously something that hasn’t been planned out.”

There is not much more that can be said from either player at the moment, but this situation is something that will obviously play out throughout the final weeks of the season and into the offseason.

Stay tuned to Sabres Hockey Central for the latest.


45 Comments

  1. Steve

    April 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Charlie – why is it whenever anyone doesn’t know what they are talking about they have to drop the f bomb. You need to realize that the “core” players of Pominville, Hecht, Stafford, Vanek, et al just didn’t work out. Gaustad lost his edge a couple of years ago and while he was good at faceoffs, he expected Kaleta do the physical work and he became complacent. Darcy ripped off Nashville for the 1st round pick – funny how Brian Burke said Darcy overvalued his players, but then turned around and signed Tiny Tim for $9million for 2 years. Darcy also got the best of the Kassian for Hodgeson and Sulzer deal. Kassian is a bust, but Hodgeson is the real deal and Sulzer has been a good player on D for us. MN paid too much for Pommer, but I’m excited cause we got some good prospects and picks. Get rid of Miller, he wants to go west – trade em. Vanek – he needs to think for himself and quit crying – I didn’t see him worried about rebuilding when he got the offer from Edmonton and the Sabres matched it. Over the years, Darcy has played the cards dealt to him by his owners – you should remember he’s the one who did the trades for Briere and Drury, but was handcuffed by an owner and mgmt that believed in “addition by subtraction”. You also have to realize that Richards was never interested in Buffalo – he had his eye on Broadway from the get go and he’s been kind of a bust there. You can’t blame Leino’s performance on Darcy as injuries are just what they are – Leino had no history and when he is healthy – we have seen glimpses of his chemistry and skill with Ennis. Anyway Charlie, I think you need to look at the stats a little closer before making your statements.

  2. Steve

    April 6, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Pominville got soft and complancent over the years and he made a terrible captain to boot. Miller, all he does is complain. I really like Vanek, but he puts a lot of stress on himself by thinking he has to do it all and when things don’t work out – its very evident in his body language and on his face. He needs to grow up a little more and we should all realize that Lindy got the best out of him, made him a better player. I thought the attitude would change when Roy was dealt away for Ott, but it really didn’t happen. I for one haven’t been a big fan of Stafford, but I like the way he has been playing since his benching – and I like the way the team has stepped up since Leopold, Regher and Pommer have left. The FA market is going to be thin, but the Sabres still have assets to trade – Miller, Vanek, Leino, Stafford. I would like them to keep Vanek and perhaps Leino because Leino has shown us glimpses of his talent and chemistry when healthy. Vanek has to decide whether he is on board or not. If he isn’t – then let’s get the best that we can for him. I would like to trade Miller for Bernier, Hiller or Niemi and trade Stafford or Leino with a prospect or draft pick for Ryan or Penner.

  3. Rob Kardas via Facebook

    April 5, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    As far as I can see, Miller needs to focus on one thing-stop the puck. Vanek needs to put the puck in the net. This is a business fellas. You know what you signed up for. I am sure you can catch up in the summer.

  4. Christian Davidson via Facebook

    April 5, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Miller has every right to be upset. The team consistently leaves him hanging out to dry. It is like watching Hasek 2.0. That is what ran Hasek out of town. He was tried of bailing out a team that couldn’t play smart in front of him. Buffalo needs to change its game plan to one that has a killer instinct. It is the same thing every night. If Buffalo gets a lead they try and sit on it. The other NHL teams already know how to play Buffalo. Nothing has changed in 10+ years. They don’t know how to finish teams off when they have them on the ropes.

  5. via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Pominville was a great player and a better teammate. He will be missed, but the Sabres will move on and look to construct a contender without Pommers. The Sabres do have some promising prospects and current players for the future which is always a positive.

  6. Anonymous

    April 4, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Isn’t happy about the trade, and I hope they sign Miller to a long deal. He played lights out against the Penguins to stop their long streak. GO BUFFALO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Chris Babcock via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    I think they are both sore because it wasn’t them getting out of Dodge. What player in their right mind wants to be part of this mess Darcy created? This team has had no identity in 10 years. There seems to be no real direction from our GM. I’d want out too.

  8. Jason Bain via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Anybody who claims gaustad shouldn’t have been traded should probably crawl back in the hole they came from

  9. Dane

    April 4, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    We are going to be stacked in the draft though the next two years. And for anyone who thought Pominville was a good Captain get serious. He was a good goal scorer and probably a good team mate but his clock ran out in Buffalo

  10. Jason Bain via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    You can root for the same old crap while the rest of us root for change

  11. Aimee Dodge via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Vanek should be happy it wasn’t him! Would either have them been happier to leave? This team has been crap for years and all those who have been there longer then 3 yrs are to blame! A new coach can only do so much and bench so many players at once. They should all feel greatful that they don’t have to move. Though maybe Miller would be happy in CA to be w/ the wife!

  12. Jason Bain via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Na I’m good but thanks bro

  13. Charlie LaBarge via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    you call yourself a fan? NO fan calls their team a bunch of losers! Your the loser! A real fan sticks by their team, win or lose! So why don’t you just go jump on pittsburghs bandwaggon and fuck off.

  14. Charlie LaBarge via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    we need scoreing but we have ran into hot goalies. Plus a new coach takes time and everything. Every team has its ups and downs, but you don’t get rid od players like Pommers!

  15. Charlie LaBarge via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    The main problems this season is the Defense….

  16. Charlie LaBarge via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Goose should of never been traded, same with Pominville! Miller and Vanek are right about this, Darcy just fucks up by giving up players that have a bright future.

  17. Aaron Michael via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    ^who cares what you think?

  18. Larry Greene via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    who cares what they think

  19. Aaron Michael via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    I’m happy Millers still here. He’s a great goalie.

  20. Joe Lent via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    We are not happy either.. Miller and Stafford are still here and we want more “W’s” in the win column…

  21. Alexis Banks via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    clearly I did…lol

  22. Aaron Michael via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Wow Jason. That’s a real intelligent comment. LOL

  23. Jason Bain via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Fucking fag

  24. Jason Bain via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Aaron shut the fuck up douchebag.. Stick your head up your ass and start sucking.. No one wants to hear your bitch so shut your cunt hole

  25. Aaron Michael via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    You’re so clueless Jason. Smh.

  26. Jason Bain via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Pat lafontaine and hasek were traded, what makes pomminville so special

  27. Aaron Michael via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    And what the fuck do Vanek and Miller care what Darcy got back for Pominville? He was a friend to them, not just an item. For crying out loud people, they can feel what they want not what you want to feel or act.

  28. Jason Bain via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Alexis, use fucking spell check

  29. Mike Kehl via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Isnt that to bad!

  30. Jason Bain via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Who cares! We didn’t win with him but we got 4 players for him.. He was an above average player on a team of losers. Good riddance

  31. Becky Harbison via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    “It hasn’t happened in the past,” Vanek said. “Now with Jason gone, that obviously sends a message that change is happening.” So what was Roy? Collateral damage?

  32. Alexis Banks via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    funny how ppl are mad at them…now when we loose both of them and all we have is draft picks then what…you get a bunch of guys who wont play for a couple years and a shitty team to watch. stop acting like everyone wasnt on Millers wood for how many years now, especially. during the olympics…and the same for Vanek when he was the league top scorer. smdh…I dont blame them, fairweather fans, bad trades, season after season of bs…I’d be pissed too

  33. Aaron Michael via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    The problem with sports fans is that they think that the world revolves around them. Well here’s the truth: it doesn’t. Get over yourselves and stop expecting the players to be perfect in their play or other things. It’s ridiculous. They’re still human and they make mistakes.

  34. Aaron Michael via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    You people need to shut the fuck up. Quit bashing them. Pominville was here a long time with them. They just can’t believe he’s gone. They have feelings too, they’re not just robots. Omg.

  35. Paul Woolston via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Understandable a little, but they’re players. Don’t they know how it goes? That’s business. They’ll both be the next ones gone. Miller needs to get over himself, anyway.

  36. Anthony Strozewski via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Exactly.

  37. Don Manuszewski Jr. via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    They’re going to have to buy Stafford out to get rid of him.

  38. Don Manuszewski Jr. via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    None of these guys were good enough to build a team around. It’s that simple, if they were they would have done better, they would have demanded more and gotten more from each other. There are others who should have been dealt before Pominville but apparently no one wanted to take them for what Darcy thought they were worth. Although, if it was me I would have gladly been ripped off in a trade to be done with Stafford.

  39. Jennifer Antilli via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    it has to be hard playing with them for so long and then one day they are gone :(

  40. Anthony Strozewski via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    They are entitled to their own opinion. stop bashing on them.

  41. Michael Collesano via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Trade em both

  42. Justin Banker via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    They’re mad because they want to know the direction of the team. They asked Darcy earlier if it was going to be long term or short term, because Vanek has said that he doesn’t want to be part of a long term thing (1+ years) even though he would like to stay in buffalo if it was a short term thing. It is only fair Darcy doesn’t need to say anything but it would be respectful.
    Also you can’t blame him for stafford. If we don’t want a 5 goal scorer for 4mil a year why would anyone else? No one wants him for a playoff push because he isn’t doing great it’d be impossible to move him. Wait until the draft.

  43. Penny Petko via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    they are a bunch of cry babies…whos fault is it they are losing…theirs…get your ass in check and play like a professional and you wont have to worry about a rebuild…dont want to be here then leave…go…we dont want anyone here that doesnt want to be….sick and tried of professional sport players whining about this and that…dam they get paid enuf to put up with a little shake up now and then….ugghhhh…so pissed right now…

  44. Alex Jugloff via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    dont blame them

  45. Bob DuFrane via Facebook

    April 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    I’m posting the same comment I did on another feed: Sadly, Miller acts like this is all about him; that’s why Luongo is still in Vancouver (goalie head cases). Vanek does as well, but to a lesser extent. They both sound pissed, like Darcy should have asked them what to do first. Funny – I don’t recall GMs ever getting players’ permission to make trades involving their teammates in the past. Of course Darcy isn’t talking to them now; they need to focus on playing the games. After the season is the time to talk about all this. If they can’t see what a deal Darcy got for 29, they are ignorant or stupid, or both.

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