'Thomas Vanek, the Gophers hockey star who was drafted No. 1 by Buffalo two years ago, expects to hear this week whether the Sabres will pay him the maximum signing bonus to sign a contract. If not, Vanek will probably return to the Gophers for his junior season.'
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