Hardships? That’s so last year for Sabres’ Vanek


‘Last season, Vanek wasn’t in top condition. As a result, he couldn’t produce over difficult stretches in the schedule. And when he played more or less every other night in the playoffs, Ruff decided not to take a chance. In the offseason, Ruff spoke to Vanek about getting in better shape so his game would improve. Vanek responded.’