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Thomas Vanek | Winger | #26

Team: Vancouver Canucks
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 214
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (5) / BUF
Contract: view contract details

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Thomas Vanek netted a goal in Vancouver's 3-0 win against Ottawa Tuesday night.
Vanek also had four shots on goal and a plus-one rating. He has recorded a point in three of his last four contests. Oct 18 - 5:35 AM

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Thomas Vanek scored a goal in the Canucks' 3-2 shootout loss to Ottawa on Tuesday.

It was Vanek's first goal in two games this season. He had 17 goals and 48 points in 68 games with Detroit and Florida in 2016-17. It wouldn't be surprising to see him finish with similar numbers this season. Keep in mind that he's averaged just 13:20 minutes over his first two games with Vancouver, so his ice time could end up being a limiting factor.
Oct 11 - 11:11 AM

Thomas Vanek is projected to play alongside the Sedin twins on Saturday.

Vanek was on that line during training camp and it seems they will stick together for at least the start of the campaign. Vanek had 17 goals and 48 points in 68 games with Detroit and Florida last season.
Oct 6 - 4:08 PM

Thomas Vanek is currently skating on a line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin at Canucks practice.

If this trio starts the season together, Vanek will be worth a speculative add in fantasy leagues. The twins have turned even the most average of goal scorers into great fantasy assets in the past. Vanek scored 17-goals last season but will find the back of the net 20+ times playing alongside the Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
Sep 30 - 1:40 PM

Thomas Vanek was one of Vancouver's better forwards during their 4-3 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

This was the second contest of the NHL China Games. Today's game was played in Beijing. Vanek played on a line with Sven Baertschi and Markus Granlund. The trio helped the Canucks get on the board (Baertschi scored) and they added five shots on goal. Vanek is a low-risk signing for the Canucks, and it looks like he might be able to give them some of the offense they've been lacking.
Sep 23 - 11:50 AM

Thomas Vanek is hoping to help the Canucks' awful power play.

The Canucks had the second-worst power play in the league last year at just over 14 percent. "That's one of my specialties," Vanek said of playing on the man-advantage. "I think I am still very good in front of the net and tipping pucks and reading other players and finding that open space, so it's definitely in my mindset to come in there and work for that power-play time." Vanek had five power play goals last season, and he's scored 129 goals on the man-advantage since coming into the league in 2005-06 (second behind Alex Ovechkin).
Sep 2 - 6:57 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have signed Thomas Vanek to a one-year, $2 million contract.

This news isn't surprising. There were plenty of rumblings about the Canucks being one of the teams with heavy interest in the veteran winger. The 33-year-old finished last season with 17 goals and 48 points in 68 games with the Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers. "Thomas has been a prolific scorer throughout his career and we're excited to add his offence and experience to help with the continued growth of our forwards," said Canucks GM Jim Benning. "His skill and ability to contribute on the scoresheet, combined with his lead-by-example style will help our team this year, and will benefit our younger players as they continue to develop their game." Vanek should get plenty of opportunity on a rebuilding Vancouver team, but he still won't have much value in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 1 - 5:43 PM

Free-agent forward Thomas Vanek is currently weighing multiple NHL options.

Vanek also said he's waiting on the Red Wings, but "I've got to make up my mind sooner or later." The 33-year-old had 17 goals and 48 points in 68 games with Detroit and Florida last season. "This is something I've never been through," said Vanek. "Usually I went early, so this is different. After the first week, I knew this would drag. I've had a good summer. I've prepared myself like I'm going to play, which most likely I am." Expect him to land a one-year contract somewhere in the next few days.
Aug 31 - 5:03 PM

The Vancouver Canucks are still in the hunt for free-agent forward Thomas Vanek.

There have been rumblings about the Canucks being interested in his services, but his agent, Brian Bartlett, confirmed that bit of news. The Detroit Red Wings have also been in contact with Vanek, and there's a chance he could return there as well. The 33-year-old had 17 goals and 48 points in 68 games with the Red Wings and Panthers last season.
Aug 30 - 10:11 AM

Thomas Vanek's agent, Brian Bartlett, says that his client could still end up with the Detroit Red Wings.

Bartlett told the Detroit Free Press that the Wings "are still in the possibility range. I don’t know that I would say probability range, as we have increased interest around the league for Thomas." Vanek skated in 48 games with Detroit last season before he was traded to Florida prior to the trade deadline. The 33-year-old had 17 goals and 48 points in 68 games in 2016-17.
Aug 29 - 12:38 PM

The Vancouver Canucks are "taking a look" at free-agent winger Thomas Vanek, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

It's a bit of a strange fit, as the Canucks should be focusing on rebuilding their roster with young players. The 33-year-old had 17 goals and 48 points in 68 games with Detroit and Florida last season. Last week, Vanek's agent, Steve Bartlett, said that his client would likely sign a contract with an NHL team in the next couple of weeks. It'll be interesting to see if they can close the deal with the Canucks.
Aug 27 - 2:07 PM

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.
Source: The Score
Aug 22 - 3:14 PM

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Henrik Sedin
2Bo Horvat
3Markus Granlund
4Brandon Sutter
5Michael Chaput
LW1Daniel Sedin
2Loui Eriksson
3Sven Baertschi
4Alexander Burmistrov
5Brendan Gaunce
RW1Brock Boeser
2Thomas Vanek
3Sam Gagner
4Jake Virtanen
5Derek Dorsett
D1Alexander Edler
2Chris Tanev
3Michael Del Zotto
4Ben Hutton
5Troy Stecher
6Alex Biega
7Patrick Wiercioch
8Derrick Pouliot
9Erik Gudbranson
G1Jacob Markstrom
2Anders Nilsson