Vanek out a month, where do you turn?

Updated: February 9, 2009, 10:36 AM ET
By John Pereira, Special to ESPN.com

News that Thomas Vanek will miss a month with a broken jaw certainly is a tough pill to swallow for those who used a high draft pick to acquire the Sabres' sniper. Vanek fractured his jaw when he was hit in the face with a shot by Anton Volchenkov during Saturday night's contest against the Ottawa Senators.

After the game, Sabres Coach Lindy Ruff said his forward was in a great deal of pain. "Right now, he's suffered a big laceration on his jaw," Ruff told reporters from the Buffalo News. ...

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