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Thomas Vanek | Winger

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 218
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The Minnesota Wild played their first game without concussed star Zach Parise and it wasn't pretty, as Thomas Vanek and the offense were shut out in a 3-0 loss to Ottawa.
Vanek, who has just one goal so far this season, played his first game on a new line with Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville. Vanek does have seven assists though this season, so his output is decent at eight points in 12 games. Nov 6 - 10:26 PM

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Thomas Vanek is projected to play with Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville with Zach Parise injured.

Vanek and Pominville have a relationship that stretches back to their time with the Buffalo Sabres. "Hopefully, we still have [chemistry]," said Pominville. "Usually that takes time when you play with somebody different. Now it's somebody I've had the chance to play with before. Hopefully, it comes a little easier, and we can help the team out right away." Vanek has one goal and seven assists in 11 games this season. A reunion with Pominville and a role on the top line could get him going.
Nov 6 - 12:31 PM

Thomas Vanek hasn't scored a goal for the Wild this season after eight games.

"I could probably shoot a little more to get that first one, but I'm not too worried about it," Vanek said. "I know I can score in this league. It will come." He has 14 shots and five assists so far. Vanek was moved to a line with Kyle Brodziak and Nino Niederreiter in Tuesday's win over Boston.
Oct 30 - 12:31 PM

The Minnesota Wild are happy with the team's balanced scoring so far this season.

The Wild have a deep roster and get offensive contributions throughout their lineup, and that held true in Saturday's 7-2 win over Tampa Bay. "Good teams have three lines that can score. Right now we have four that can really generate," said Thomas Vanek. "It showed tonight. Once you get to Game 50 and 60, that’s when it’s important that you have the depth that we have." The Wild are now 4-2-0 this season.
Oct 26 - 12:33 PM

Thomas Vanek doesn't have a goal in a Wild uniform despite 13 shots in four games.

"As a team and for myself, you just need that first one and hopefully it opens up," said Vanek. "I don't feel like I'm squeezing my stick quite yet. We had some good looks. They're just not going in right now." Oddly enough, he may have had some trouble holding his stick after his thumb was struck by a shot from teammate Ryan Suter during the second period of Sunday's loss to Los Angeles. He missed the final 13 minutes of the second period, but he returned in the third. Vanek has one assist in his first four games, but there's no reason to panic.
Oct 20 - 12:01 PM

Thomas Vanek says that he signed with the Minnesota Wild not because he lives in Minnesota, but because he feels they can win right away.

"The decision was not because I live here," said Vanek. "It’s because I feel like this team has depth and I can add to it. I’ve always believed in myself, and I still do. Last year was a tough year moving around. But going into every year, I know I can score and make me teammates better. I still feel like my game is growing. I still feel I have a lot of good hockey left." Vanek scored 27 goals and 68 points with the Sabres, Islanders and Canadiens last season.
Oct 5 - 10:59 AM

Thomas Vanek is expected to make his preseason debut at home on Monday after he missed Saturday's contest with an undisclosed ailment.

"It's only a preseason game, but watching Saturday, I was impressed how excited people were and the atmosphere, so just to be out there and experience it will be fun," Vanek said. "I got the taste of putting on the jersey on the road. I'm used to putting new jerseys on the last 12 months, but once you do it the first time at home, it's always pretty cool." He's projected to play alongside Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle in the match.
Sep 29 - 11:11 AM

Thomas Vanek will not play Saturday night against the Jets.

He has an undisclosed bruise that he sustained in Thursday's overtime loss to Pittsburgh. The good news is that Vanek was on the ice Saturday morning and reported feeling better. Obviously, this does not look like a serious injury.
Sep 27 - 12:49 PM

Thomas Vanek has been playing alongside Mikko Koivu.

Wild coach Mike Yeo has liked what he's seen from the pairing so far. "It's been exciting," Yeo added. "I've been really pleased with Thomas so far. I have a whole new appreciation for his skill level and how smart he is. I mean, he's thinking usually two or three plays ahead. So that's been fun, and he's been working." Vanek signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract with Minnesota over the summer.
Sep 21 - 3:20 PM

Thomas Vanek is excited to be playing for his hometown Wild.

He lives in the Lake Elmo area of Ramsey County and was eager to play in Minnesota long before he became an unrestricted free agent. However, he also likes the way the team looks and feels they have a great combination of talent. "I like the way this team is," Vanek said. "You need good leadership, you need good older guys, and I think we have that, and to win, I think you need good young guys, and we have that, too. The mix is good. You don't win it on paper, but I felt there's plenty of good guys in here on and off the ice that we can grow as a team that come January and February become a team that will be tough to play against and have a chance to win."
Sep 19 - 9:36 AM

Thomas Vanek is involved in an ongoing gambling investigation in upstate New York.

Per WHEC-TV, "Vanek is not charged with any crime and he voluntarily came to the federal court building with his lawyer." Vanek has also issued a statement saying that his cooperation was requested by the U.S. Federal Government and he intends to comply. "I am not the subject of any investigation or prosecution," Vanek said. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that the NHL is looking into the situation, but currently isn't commenting on the matter.
Jul 21 - 7:04 PM

Thomas Vanek admitted that returning to Minnesota was one of his main motivations for wanting to test the free agent market.

Vanek had to compromise to sign with the Wild though as they would only ink him to a three-year deal. He hadn't previously played for the Wild, but he did go to the University of Minnesota where he was a star with the Golden Gophers. This signing also reunites him with his former Sabres linemate, Jason Pominville.
Jul 2 - 10:30 AM

The Minnesota Wild have signed Thomas Vanek to a three-year deal, $19.5 million contract.

Vanek goes back to Minnesota where he played college hockey and was a scoring star with the Golden Gophers. He will be motivated to play in front of friends and should settle in on the Wild's top line alongside Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu. He will also play on the team's top power-play unit. Look for Vanek to register 70 points this upcoming season. Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher did well to hold the term on this deal to three years and a reasonable $19.5 million. It looks like Vanek and the Wild win here.
Jul 1 - 1:43 PM

Thomas Vanek is interested in signing with the Minnesota Wild, but the team might be unwilling to give him a long-term deal.

Still, Vanek might be open to signing with the Wild on a short-term contract. "Is it a deal-breaker if he loves everything about the team and they're shorter term than another team? I don't think it's to that extent," Vanek's agent, Steve Bartlett said. "It's just one more of those boxes that you check when you’re trying to make a decision." Vanek will be one of the top unrestricted free agents despite his rocky playoff run with Montreal.
Jul 1 - 10:20 AM

The Minnesota Wild are holding an in-person meeting with potential UFA target Thomas Vanek on Sunday, according to a report by TVA's Louis Jean.

The Wild wouldn't be able to sign him until July 1, as only the Montreal Canadiens have that right. Many believe that the sniper is likely to land in Minnesota, and this only intensifies that speculation.
Jun 29 - 1:07 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Erik Haula
4Kyle Brodziak
5Ryan Carter
LW1Zach Parise
2Justin Fontaine
3Matt Cooke
4Jason Zucker
RW1Thomas Vanek
2Jason Pominville
3Charlie Coyle
4Nino Niederreiter
D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
5Keith Ballard
6Mathew Dumba
7Nate Prosser
8Stu Bickel
G1Darcy Kuemper
2Niklas Backstrom