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Thomas Vanek | Winger

Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 205
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Thomas Vanek is staying focused on the playoffs and not on his expiring contract.
"I haven't worried about a contract since last summer," Vanek said Monday. "It's not fair right now to anyone to even think about it. We're here to win the playoff game (Tuesday). There's still lots of time (after the season's over)." Montreal is his third team this year and he recorded 15 points in 18 games with the Canadiens during the regular season. He has a goal and a helper in three playoff contests. Vanek is eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer. Apr 22 - 8:05 AM

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The line of Thomas Vanek, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty was dominant in Game 1 against Tampa.

This unit combined to take an impressive 17 shots on goal in the 5-4 overtime win Wednesday night and were responsible for the overtime winner scored by Vanek. If the Lighting hope to tie the series Friday, they are going to have to find a way to slow down the Vanek-Desharnais-Pacioretty line.
Apr 18 - 10:58 AM

Thomas Vanek scored in Montreal's 5-4 overtime win over Tampa Bay in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

He also registered a game-high seven shots. Vanek is a streaky player and he played very well in the Canadiens' playoff opener, which could be a good sign for the Habs.
Apr 17 - 10:37 AM

Thomas Vanek and the Canadiens were shut out by the Islanders by a score of 2-0 Thursday night.

Vanek has been red hot of late, netting 10 points in seven games entering the contest. While he didn't find the back of the net on this night, he did manage to direct one shot on goal and register two penalty minutes against the Isles.
Apr 10 - 10:33 PM

Thomas Vanek had three assists in Montreal's 7-4 victory on Friday.

Vanek now has six goals and 14 points in 14 games with Montreal. The Canadiens are the third team he's played for and he's done well with all three clubs. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Apr 5 - 9:58 AM

Thomas Vanek has been excelling with the Montreal Canadiens.

Vanek spent a good chunk of his tenure with the New York Islanders playing on a great line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. He had a lot of success with them, but he's managed to succeed in a lot of different situations with a variety of linemates this season. He had a goal and an assist on Saturday, giving him six goals and 11 points in 12 games since the Canadiens acquired him.
Mar 30 - 10:38 AM

Thomas Vanek was a force for the Canadiens in Thursday's wild 5-4 victory over the Red Wings.

Vanek seems to be getting more comfortable with his new set of teammates and he proved it by contributing a goal and two helpers in the win. He has now registered nine points and 42 shots on goal in 11 games with the Habs. Tomas Plekanec also enjoyed a big night with a pair of markers while Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais rounded out the scoring.
Mar 27 - 9:58 PM

Thomas Vanek scored a goal for the Canadiens in a 3-2 loss to Columbus Thursday night.

After registering a hat trick in Tuesday's win over the Avalanche, Vanek has now picked up four goals in his last two outings. Brendan Gallagher scored the other Montreal goal in the losing effort.
Mar 20 - 11:11 PM

Thomas Vanek recorded a hat trick for the Canadiens in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Avalanche.

Vanek had been held without a goal in his previous five games as a member of the Canadiens so we definitely didn't see this coming. The goals give him 24 on the season, which he accumulated with three different teams. Dale Weise, Travis Moen and Brandon Prust also scored goals for the Habs in the win.
Mar 18 - 11:41 PM

Thomas Vanek played in his first game in Buffalo since being traded to the New York Islanders.

Vanek was later shipped to the Montreal Canadiens. For Vanek, the fact that the Sabres dealt him probably didn't come as much of a surprise, given that he had already decided to move on going into this season. "I just asked what direction this team was going in," Vanek said. "No one really had an answer. That’s when I kind of made up my mind that July 1 is probably a goal of mine." Vanek stuck with his decision of becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer, even when the Islanders offered him a $50 million extension. The fact that Vanek turned that contract down is what led to him being traded a second time in a single season. He didn't record a point in his return, but Montreal won 2-0.
Mar 17 - 8:42 AM

Thomas Vanek is switching from left wing to right wing in order to accomodate some line shuffling in Montreal.

Vanek prefers playing on the left side so this will be a challenge for him. Although he is slated to skate on a line with the talented Max Paciorrety and David Desharnais, Vanek may struggle with the position switch. Keep that in mind if you have Vanek on your fantasy squad.
Mar 15 - 10:30 AM

Thomas Vanek collected his first point as a Canadien in the Habs' 4-1 loss to Boston on Wednesday night.

Vanek assisted on David Desharnais' third period goal, finally getting his first point on his new team in his third game and first at the Bell Centre. Vanek has 21 goals and 54 points spread over three teams this season.
Mar 12 - 10:17 PM

Thomas Vanek will play his first game in front of Montreal's fans on Wednesday night.

He's still looking for his first point with the Canadiens since he was acquired on deadline day from the New York Islanders. Vanek will be back playing with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta on Wednesday after he saw some time with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty late in Saturday's loss against San Jose.
Mar 12 - 8:32 AM

Thomas Vanek had one shot and a minus-1 rating in his first game with Montreal.

He logged 15:34 of ice time with his new team after being acquired from the New York Islanders. Vanek played alongside Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta, but it looks like the trio will need some time to gel.
Mar 7 - 8:23 AM

Thomas Vanek will make his Montreal debut on Thursday.

He joined his new teammates for practice in the morning. "It's a little bit overwhelming, but since the minute I found out I had been traded to Montreal, they've treated me first class," he said. "We just had a quick meeting this morning and I'm sure coach will let me know (who I'm playing with) later." Montreal probably won't break up their top line of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher, but Vanek should get top-six minutes and plenty of power-play time.
Mar 6 - 4:27 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tomas Plekanec
2David Desharnais
3Lars Eller
4Daniel Briere
5Ryan White
LW1Max Pacioretty
2Alex Galchenyuk
3Rene Bourque
4Brandon Prust
5Travis Moen
6Michael Bournival
RW1Thomas Vanek
2Brian Gionta
3Brendan Gallagher
4George Parros
5Michael Blunden
6Dale Weise
D1P.K. Subban
2Andrei Markov
3Josh Gorges
4Mike Weaver
5Alexei Emelin
6Francis Bouillon
7Jarred Tinordi
8Doug Murray
9Nathan Beaulieu
G1Carey Price
2Peter Budaj