Flyers should pursue Sabres’ Vanek

Vanek, a rugged 6-foot-2, 207-pounder who is one of Buffalo’s cornerstones, could bring the Sabres several prospects (Scott Laughton? Nick Cousins? Oliver Lauridsen?) and/or draft picks.

He would feel right at home with the Flyers because he was winger Michael Raffl’s linemate with Austria at the 2013 IIHF World Championships.

“I’ve never seen anybody play like he does in front of the net,” Raffl said after the Flyers practice Wednesday in Voorhees. “He’s unbelievable.”

It is worth noting that Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier is reportedly on the hot seat, so if Vanek isn’t traded and he ends up signing elsewhere, the seat could get even hotter.

The Flyers didn’t score much under Peter Laviolette in the first three games, and they haven’t scored much since Craig Berube took over.

“I think we have to be patient and let [Berube] implement his system,” said Peter Luukko, president of the Flyers’ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor. “It makes no sense to panic. We still believe in our players.”
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