Top 10 Twitter reactions to Vanek trade
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • October 27, 2013 @ 9:32pm
Yahoo! Sports’ Pucky Daddy blogger Greg Wyshynski called the Buffalo Sabres’ trade of Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders an “early-season stunner,” and Twitter’s reaction followed suit, as Sabres fans discussed the merits of trading a co-captain for a two high draft picks and an unrestricted free agent.
Combing through 400 or 500 Vanek-related tweets after the deal (exhausting!), we’ve noticed a very mixed reaction from fans of both teams—but fairly limited humor (maybe it’s the late Sunday night stupor or the general dread that Monday morning invites.)
Sabres fans are unnerved by the fact that Moulson’s contract expires at season’s end, and they’re concerned that Moulson—who turns 30 on Friday—doesn’t fit within the team’s rebuilding plans. Is Moulson simply a rental to be jettisoned at the trading deadline to another club desperate for late-season scoring punch?
Stockpiling picks may be a smart choice for the Sabres’ future, but it does little to amend the current state of suffering.
From the tweets of Isles’ fans, it’s evident that they’d rather acquire a goalie than a winger, even one as talented as Vanek. While there’s a lot of (sometimes uncomfortable) gushing about the duo of center John Tavares and Vanek, there’s also the lingering concern that New York will be unable to sign Vanek long-term and that he may not have the locker-room impact of Moulson, who’s considered a “glue-guy.”
Here’s our Top 10 Vanek-related tweets with commentary:
Vanek strikes me as a full-page-thank-you-ad guy. I guess we'll see.— Jeremy White (@JeremyWGR) October 28, 2013
Commentary: We’ll start out with a positive tweet from WGR’s Jeremy White, even if I’d be a little surprised if that’s the route that Vanek chose. At least we’ll still be able to follow Vanek’s tweets about Rafa Nadal and Austrian athletics.
it's my birthday and the Bills lost and the Sabres traded Vanek. next you'll tell me the Bisons are leaving!— ST (@its_me_spence) October 28, 2013
Commentary: Ha. I think we’re safe with the Bisons. Life without Buster and Chip would be extremely difficult to cope with, though.
Tavares and Vanek gonna make sexy time together.— Lord Trayzorbeam (@pattytraytray) October 28, 2013
Commentary: Definitely a TMI comment, but still quite funny from our perspective.
At least that Vanek jersey was a knock-off from China that cost like $30 lmao— Anthony Forcucci (@A_4cucci) October 28, 2013
Commentary: A different type of positive spin on the Vanek move, but you can bet there will be a major discount on No. 26 at the Sabres’ Store (and a lot of poorly conceived “Moulson - Molson Canadian” jokes) this week.
Trading Vanek now is like breaking up with your gf in August before leaving for college instead of at Thanksgiving freshman year.— boner shorts (@Boner_Shorts) October 28, 2013
Commentary: Perfectly put. Have to recognize good “dumping girlfriend/boyfriend” analogies.
Commentary: At least we won’t have to deal with the uncomfortably large subset of Sabres fans who criticized Vanek for a lack of effort. Pleased that that era is now over.
To be honest I'm only wah about this because my dad texts me GMVOGMD after each goal (give me Vanek or give me death, my dad is a weird guy)— Vicky Johnson (@hurricanevicky) October 28, 2013
BN archive pic: Thomas Vanek with Larry Quinn, Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff on Sept. 7, 2004, announcing his signing. pic.twitter.com/zMC03F8HyL— The Buffalo News (@TheBuffaloNews) October 28, 2013
Commentary: That’s cute. Someone should insert that image into an Agatha Christie book.
Are we just going to ignore the fact that Vanek is an 87 and Moulson an 86 overall in NHL 14? ADVANTAGE ISLANDERS. Ahhthankyou.— Reagan King (@ReaganKingIsles) October 28, 2013
Commentary: Another appropriate analogy: Video games. It worked out for Romelu Lukaku!
Canada Sabres ship Thomas Vanek to Islanders for Moulson, picks http://t.co/jBCsypUCCH— USA News Source (@USNewsonline) October 28, 2013
Commentary: Ominous, if hysterically inaccurate.
BONUS TWEET from Monday morning:
Vanek too lazy to be traded out of state.— Sports Rock Gods (@jambrones) October 28, 2013
(Header photo courtesy of the Buffalo Sabres’ Facebook page and photographer Bill Wippert. See the original here).