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Thomas Vanek | Winger | #26

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 214
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (5) / BUF
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Agent Steve Bartlett believes his clients Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford will sign contracts in the next couple of weeks.
Both veterans have been unable to land contracts this summer, but it looks like something might be brewing for them. "I do feel optimistic that something will come through for both of these guys in the next week or two, and I think definitely the temperature has risen from teams around the league on both players," Bartlett told WGR 550 in Buffalo. "I think we were kind of in the midsummer hibernation with some of the teams and now (as) they're starting to get closer to training camp, they look at where their holes may still be or where they're not sure about a young guy here or there." Vanek, 33, had 17 goals and 48 points with Detroit and Florida last season. Stafford, 31, had eight goals and 21 points with Winnipeg and Boston. Aug 22 - 3:14 PM
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The Detroit Red Wings have been keeping in contact with Thomas Vanek.

Vanek began the 2016-17 campaign with Detroit, but with the Red Wings struggling they traded him to Florida in exchange for Dylan McIlrath and what turned out to be the 71st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft (Kasper Kotkansalo). Now he's an unrestricted free agent and might end up back in Detroit. It sounds like Vanek would prefer to be reunited with the Red Wings, but for now the biggest hurdle is Detroit's cap situation, especially given that they still need to deal with RFAs Tomas Tatar and Andreas Athanasiou. That might lead to this situation staying in limbo for a little while longer.
Jul 13 - 4:44 AM

Thomas Vanek is set to hit the open market at the end of the week, and could be a valuable add to any team in need of scoring at the right price.

Vanek had 38 points in 48 games with the Red Wings before slowing down with 10 points in 20 games with the Florida Panthers last season. At 33 years old, Vanek isn't the point producer he used to be, but breaking the 50-point plateau is doable on the short term, sub $3-million contract he is likely to get. He could be brought back by Detroit.
Jun 25 - 11:39 PM

Thomas Vanek scored his second goal with the Panthers during Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Bruins.

Vanek is now up to nine points in 16 games thus far with Florida. He has 17 goals and 47 points in 64 games overall this season.
Apr 1 - 4:35 PM

Thomas Vanek picked up four assists in Tuesday's 7-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Vanek has always been known as more of a goal scorer than a playmaker, but he had no problem setting up his teammates tonight. Vanek picked up assists on goals by Jonathan Marchessault (twice), Jussi Jokinen and Keith Yandle. Vanek finished the game with a plus-3 rating and four shots on goal in 15:04 of ice time. The Panthers forward has 16 goals and 27 assists in 54 games this season.
Mar 14 - 11:14 PM

Thomas Vanek scored his first goal as a Florida Panther on Tuesday night.

Unfortunately for Florida, they still fell, 5-2, to the New York Rangers. Vanek finished the game with a minus-2 rating, three shots on goal and two hits in 15:01 of ice time. He has 16 goals and 39 points in 51 games this season.
Mar 7 - 11:45 PM

Thomas Vanek will make his Panthers debut Thursday against the Flyers.

Vanek will skate to the left of Nick Bjugstad and Jonathan Marchessault on Florida's third line, and instantly becomes their primary offensive focus. He has had a resurgent season for Detroit, posting 15 goals and 38 points in 48 games with a 15.2% shooting clip.
Mar 2 - 5:13 PM

Panthers president of hockey operations Dale Tallon was thrilled to add Thomas Vanek prior to Wednesday's trade deadline.

"We made our team deeper as far as a balanced attack. We have three lines that can score and he gives us multiple options on the power play, specialty teams and shootouts," said Tallon. "A real good addition to our team without interrupting our team and not giving up any of our young prospects." Vanek is expected to join the third line with Nick Bjugstad and Jonathan Marchessault.
Mar 2 - 10:13 AM

Thomas Vanek is heading to southern Florida, as Detroit picks up half his remaining cap hit, in exchange for a conditional third round draft pick in 2017 and Dylan McIlrath.

The condition is that if Florida makes the playoffs, then Detroit will receive Arizona's third round pick. Otherwise they'll receive Florida's. Vanek has had a resurgent season for Detroit, posting 15 goals and 38 points in 48 games with a 15.2% shooting clip. Expect him to skate on Florida's third line alongside Nick Bjugstad and see some power-play action.
Mar 1 - 11:49 AM

According to odds found on Bovada (a sports betting website), Thomas Vanek is likely heading back to Montreal before the trade deadline.

With the trade deadline coming up on Wednesday, the website puts the odds of that happening at 7-1. Keep in mind that the last time the Canadiens acquired Vanek, they made it to the third round of the playoffs, but he finished that postseason run on the fourth line. Vanek to Montreal is unlikely to happen again.
Feb 25 - 10:03 AM

Thomas Vanek has enjoyed February.

With his goal during Sunday's 5-2 win over Pittsburgh, he now has three goals and six points in eight games this month. For the season he's up to 15 goals and 37 points in 46 games.
Feb 19 - 6:49 PM

Thomas Vanek is expected to play Wednesday night after missing one game with an ankle injury.

"We'll know for sure after warmups," coach Jeff Blashill said. "We're anticipating he'll be ready to play." Look for Vanek to get back on a line with Andreas Athanasiou and Frans Nielsen against St. Louis.
Feb 15 - 5:36 PM

Thomas Vanek still has to see how he feels Wednesday morning before he gets the green light to return.

Vanek expects to play after missing Sunday's game with an ankle injury. Consider him active for now and we will let you know if that changes.
Feb 14 - 1:34 PM

Thomas Vanek (ankle) will be back in the lineup on Wednesday night against St. Louis.

He has declared himself good to go after missing Sunday's match against his former Minnesota teammates. Vanek had a three-game point streak prior to getting hurt with two goals and two assists.
Feb 14 - 12:30 PM

Thomas Vanek (ankle) won't play in Sunday's game with Minnesota.

Tough break for the veteran winger, who has had a nice resurgence this season. He's posted 14 goals and 36 points in 43 games. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Feb 12 - 2:06 PM

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