Overvalued by who? By the Sabres who have had the last several years to watch him, or to the other teams in the NHL that are 100% capable of looking at those numbers and going "gee, those are a little out of the norm." You act like Regier can somehow pull one over on other GMs while giggle to Lindy "he doesn't normally produce like that, tee hee."
I'm confused. You say the Sabres have no shot at winning the cup because they're missing some key pieces (and it's worth noting that they also therefore have some key pieces, like a goal scorer) and then in the very next paragraph say it will be easier to win the cup because weak teams might sneak into the playoffs, almost directly contradicting yourself.
If teams "should be willing to trade away traditional assets," doesn't that imply that there will be a LIMITED market for getting rid of a player like Vanek?
Not only did you not give any concrete indication why trading Vanek might (MIGHT!) be the right thing to do, you barely managed to make sense.