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Thomas Vanek | Winger | #62

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 214
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (5) / BUF
Contract: view contract details

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Thomas Vanek found the back of the net in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.
Vanek was an under the radar pickup over the summer, but he's really paid dividends for Detroit so far this season. The 32-year-old tied the game at one with his power play goal at the 6:15 mark of the second period. Vanek has three goals and three assists in his first four games as a Red Wing. Drew Miller scored the game-winning goal for the Wings. Oct 19 - 11:04 PM

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Thomas Vanek collected three assists in a 5-1 win versus Ottawa on Monday night.

Two of his helpers came on the power play. Vanek has generated five points in his first three games with the Red Wings. However, it hasn't been all rosy because he hasn't been credited with a shot in each of his last two games and he has logged under 13 minutes of ice time in both matches.
Oct 18 - 10:04 AM

Thomas Vanek scored a pair of goals in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It was a pretty impressive start for Vanek, as he scored the first two goals of the game in the opening period. His first of the game was scored in close on the power play and his second goal was the result of a terrible turnover by Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov. Vanek has been known to run hot and cold over the course of an 82-game season, but there's no doubt that this was a strong start for him. Frans Nielsen and Danny DeKeyser also scored for the Wings on Thursday night.
Oct 13 - 11:22 PM

Thomas Vanek is highly motivated for the 2016-17 season.

"I'm my biggest critic," he said. "I'll be the first one to admit last year wasn't good enough. But for me, this is a good fit. I worked hard this summer. I definitely have a chip on my shoulder to prove a lot of people wrong. I feel good, I feel physically strong, healthy. I know I can play both sides of the rink, and I'm here to help this team win." Vanek was bought out by the Wild after he recorded 18 goals and 41 points in 74 matches last year. He will skate alongside Darren Helm at the beginning of the campaign as a member of the Red Wings.
Oct 6 - 7:48 AM

Thomas Vanek feels ready to bounce back this campaign.

He posted career lows in 2015-16 with 18 goals and 41 points in 74 games with Minnesota last season. The Wild bought out the final year of his contract and he signed with Detroit on the first day of free agency. "I know I can still play the game and score goals. For me the biggest thing was Minnesota just wasn't a good fit," said Vanek. "It is what it is. There's no rhyme or reason for it. It didn't work out. I think being back in the East is going to help me and the way Detroit plays with smaller skilled guys, I think I can get to the front of the net and go to where I'm good at."
Sep 19 - 9:36 AM

The Detroit Red Wings are expecting Thomas Vanek to come to training camp with a chip on his shoulder.

Vanek was bought out by the Minnesota Wild this summer and the Wings have taken a gamble on him. "I’m hoping we’ve got a motivated athlete," said Holland. "It’s risk or reward. We’re hoping it’s going to turn out to be a real reward for us. There’s always some risk but you have to take some risk if you want to try get some reward." The 32-year-old had 18 goals and 41 points in 74 games with Minnesota in 2015-16.
Jul 3 - 11:26 AM

Thomas Vanek has inked a one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

Vanek had 18 goals and 43 points in 74 contests with the Minnesota Wild. That was a disappointment in the context of his old three-year, $19.5 million deal with Minnesota, but that level of performance wouldn't look out of place at the price Detroit is paying. So if Vanek maintains his recent level, that's fine, but if he bounces back then this will look like a steal for the Red Wings.
Jul 1 - 3:51 PM

The Minnesota Wild have officially bought out Thomas Vanek's contract.

We're just passing this on as a matter of course as the Wild's intent was already confirmed earlier in the day. As previously noted, this move frees up $5 million in cap space for Minnesota for the 2016-17 campaign, but now they'll have a $2.5 million cap penalty in 2017-18. "In order to give our team more salary cap flexibility we needed to make this difficult decision," said Wild GM Chuck Fletcher. "We thank Thomas for his time with the Minnesota Wild and wish him the best going forward."
Jun 24 - 5:47 PM

Thomas Vanek has confirmed that he will be bought out.

As previously noted, this will provide the Wild with an additional $5 million in cap space in 2016-17, although Minnesota will also have a cap penalty of $2.5 million in 2017-18. For the Wild, this opens the door for them to make some big moves this summer, so it will be interesting to see what they do from here. For everyone else, this puts another interesting forward onto the market. Vanek is coming off of a rough season where he only recorded 41 points, but the 32-year-old still has top-six potential. If he inks a modest one-year deal, it would be a nice gamble for the team that snags him.
Jun 24 - 3:43 PM

Thomas Vanek has reportedly been told that he will be bought out.

Vanek has one season left on his three-year, $19.5 million deal. Buying out his contract another $5 million in cap space for the 2016-17 campaign, which coupled with the flexibility they already had, would put them in a position to make some major moves this summer. Vanek had 18 goals and 41 points in 74 contests last season.
Jun 24 - 3:24 PM

Thomas Vanek's agent, Steve Bartlett, isn't sure if Minnesota will use a buyout on his client.

"If Chuck knew he was going to buy him out by now, I think I would know by now," Bartlett said regarding Wild GM Chuck Fletcher. "I do think I have a good enough relationship that he'd give me the heads up. Now that doesn't mean that they couldn't decide something different between now and two weeks from now." The window opens Wednesday and goes until June 30. If Minnesota buys out the final year of Vanek's contract it would save them $5 million next season and cost them $1.5 million against the cap next season and $2.5 million the year after that.
Jun 15 - 9:17 AM

Thomas Vanek hopes to play for the Wild next year, but he knows that he could be bought out during the off-season.

"I do understand the business side of it," he said. "I'm not happy with my year, but at the same time, I truly still believe that I'm a 30-goal scorer in this league. I'll worry about myself, have a good summer and be ready to go. I signed here not because this is where I live. I signed here because I truly love it here, and I want to win here." He scored just 18 goals and 41 points in 74 games in 2015-16. Vanek sat out four of the last five regular-season games and the playoffs because of broken and displaced ribs. If he is medically cleared to play during the buyout window then it will certainly be an option.
Apr 28 - 9:37 AM

Thomas Vanek's upper-body injury is broken and displaced ribs.

Vanek doesn't require surgery though. He's coming off of a disappointing campaign where he was limited to 18 goals and 41 points in 74 contests. Due to that, it's possible that the Wild will buy out the final season of his three-year, $19.5 million contract.
Apr 27 - 12:43 PM

Thomas Vanek (upper body) is considered day-to-day.

That's an upgrade from his week-to-week status to start the playoffs. Vanek participated in Wednesday's morning skate, but he won't play in Game 4. If the series gets extended for six or seven games then Vanek could be available to return.
Apr 20 - 6:38 PM

Thomas Vanek (upper body) skated on Tuesday with some teammates.

"Well, we'll see how he feels after today," coach John Torchetti said following the optional session. "I haven't talked to him yet. He just got off. And then have a report for you maybe [Wednesday]. He'd need a couple [practices]. He's got to get bumped. So that's the number one thing." It's still unlikely that Vanek will play in the first round.
Apr 19 - 3:49 PM

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RW1Gustav Nyquist
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5Jonathan Ericsson
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