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  • Exit Interviews: Thomas Vanek


    Come on in, Thomas. Quickly now, show some hustle! Sit down. No. Stand. Sitting is for sloths.

    Expectations for Next Year

    There's simply no avoiding it; your all around game needs to improve. You play on a team with the All-American-effort-king in Zach Parise, and a defense-first coach, so your days of being let off the hook for poor defensive efforts are over. If you're going to earn the trust that is necessary to gain more ice time to pad those end of season offensive stats from Yeo, you need to show at least some semblance of ability to play with the puck on the defensive side of center.

    Offseason Homework

    1) Simplify decisions on exit passes from the zone; think more singles and doubles instead of always swinging for the fences. Also, work on your board play. You need to realize that you can't win every battle with finesse and a quick stick. Sometimes you need to get a little greasy along the wall in your own end. You've got a big frame, it's time you started using it to your advantage all over the ice.

    2) Shoot 1000 pucks a day. No, make it 5000. We love the creativity you can bring in the offensive zone but this team already has too many guys who choose to defer with the puck. You are a proven pure goal-scorer; get back to that shooting mindset.

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