Maybe Thomas Vanek was just being honest when he told the Star Tribune, “If I wanted points and goals, I would have signed with the Islanders and had a center like Johnny [Tavares] and a winger like Kyle [Okposo].”
And maybe he was just being honest when he said of the team he did sign with, the Minnesota Wild: “We don’t have maybe the strongest depth in the middle.”
We recommend you read the entire interview before you pass judgment. (“I’m not complaining about centers and [frequent center Charlie Coyle],” the 31-year-old winger insisted. “I’m just explaining why I was less than a shooter last year.”)
But there’s a reason many pro athletes choose to say as little as possible. These comments are going to get a lot of play in Minnesota.
Others will contend that Vanek is just making excuses for a poor season, one in which he scored just 21 goals in 80 games.
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