Thomas Vanek gets hurt once again

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The beginning of Thomas Vanek’s 2013 season was brilliant. It’s looking like the middle will just be labeled black-and-blue.

A week after getting hurt in a contest versus the Montreal Canadiens, the 29-year-old winger was forced out of Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning with an upper-body injury, according to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.

This marks the third time he’s been banged up in the month of March.

Even with all of those bumps and bruises, Vanek’s still had a fantastic season,¬†collecting 33 points in 29 games. If his injury isn’t too significant, he should have outstanding trade value (if the Buffalo Sabres are willing to listen to offers).