Ladies and gentlemen it’s time to synchronize your watches. Thomas Vanek is back in the 716 and the Buffalo Sabres have exactly one season to convince their leading scorer that he should remain adorned in the blue and the gold.

Some background: Vanek recently arrived in Buffalo after spending much of the summer working out in Minneapolis and on Tuesday Paul Hamilton at WGR 550 had the chance to sit down and chat with Vanek about his summer and his future with the Sabres organization. I’m not going to regurgitate everything Hamilton had to say about his sit-down with Vanek (read more here; hear more here!) but there are two things that he said during the

interview that I will repeat in this post.

Interesting tidbit #1:“Is a rebuild what I wanted no but I’m open to it and I want to see where it leads to first.”

Interesting tidbit #2: “No I never asked to be traded so when people do mention it I’m surprised. Did I think I was going to get traded no because I never once went in there and said I don’t want to be here. I said ‘Right now I’m not looking for an extension but not saying that I wouldn’t want one down the road but right now I just want to see where it goes’. We’re a young team we’re rebuilding and those are my words so I’m keeping my options open.”

The good news that was unearthed during the course of this interview? Thomas Vanek never requested that the Buffalo Sabres attempt to trade him.

The not-so-good news? The Buffalo Sabres have no more and possibly quite less than one season to convince Vanek that Buffalo is where he wants to play during the 2014-2015 season.