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Thomas Vanek | Winger | #26

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 218
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (5) / BUF
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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

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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

Thomas Vanek (upper body) has been skating on his own.

It is very unlikely he that will be available to play in Round 1 of the postseason. Vanek has been sidelined since Apr. 1 with an upper-body injury.
Apr 18 - 3:01 PM

Thomas Vanek is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury.

It is looking unlikely that he will be available to play in Round 1 of the postseason as a result.
Apr 14 - 2:30 PM

Thomas Vanek (upper body) has been ruled out for Games 1 and 2 of the first round.

That's not particularly surprising, especially seeing as Vanek is questionable for the first round in general. He had 18 goals and 41 points in 74 games this season.
Apr 13 - 12:12 PM

According to a source, Thomas Vanek (upper body) is "iffy" to play in the first round of the playoffs.

He hasn't played since Apr. 1 because of an upper-body injury. Vanek posted 18 goals and 41 points in 74 matches this past campaign.
Apr 12 - 9:36 AM

Thomas Vanek (upper body) will miss at least one more week.

Vanek will consequently not be available for the start of Minnesota's playoff run. He'll also finish the regular season with 18 goals and 41 points in 74 contests.
Apr 8 - 12:55 PM

Thomas Vanek (upper body) attempted to participate in Thursday's practice, but left after one drill.

Vanek was testing his injury and the results weren't positive. He's still regarded as day-to-day.
Apr 7 - 12:51 PM

Thomas Vanek (upper body) won't play Tuesday.

He didn't skate on Monday and is listed as day-to-day. Vanek wasn't able to play on Sunday because of the ailment either.
Apr 4 - 5:09 PM

The Minnesota Wild will be without Thomas Vanek and Jared Spurgeon tonight against Winnipeg.

Vanek will now miss two of the Wild's last three games after being cross-checked by Viktor Svedberg last week. According to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, he is in noticeable discomfort. Jared Spurgeon will miss his second consecutive game due to a lower-body injury after blocking a Bobby Ryan shot. A Wild win, combined with an Avalanche loss will clinch a playoff spot for Minnesota.
Apr 3 - 2:44 PM

Thomas Vanek will be a game-time decision (upper body) for Friday's match with Detroit.

Vanek has seen just five games over the last two weeks, but mostly as a healthy scratch. After posting nine points in 13 games in February, Vanek has posted just three in March. So you may wish to find another source of offense.
Apr 1 - 6:09 PM

Thomas Vanek wasn't able to play Thursday because of an upper-body injury.

He was hurt by a cross-check on Tuesday by Chicago's Viktor Svedberg. Vanek attempted to test the ailment during pregame warm-up, but he left the ice almost immediately. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Apr 1 - 9:46 AM

Thomas Vanek isn't playing in Thursday's game against the Ottawa Senators.

Vanek didn't take part in line rushes during the pregame warmup and he was ultimately scratched. The 32-year-old has 18 goals and 41 points in 73 games this season.
Mar 31 - 8:21 PM

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4Jarret Stoll
LW1Zach Parise
2Jason Zucker
3Justin Fontaine
4Ryan Carter
5Jordan Schroeder
RW1Charlie Coyle
2Jason Pominville
3Thomas Vanek
4Zac Dalpe
5Nino Niederreiter
6David Jones
7Chris Porter
8Zack Mitchell
9Kurtis Gabriel
D1Ryan Suter
2Jared Spurgeon
3Marco Scandella
4Matt Dumba
5Jonas Brodin
6Christian Folin
7Nate Prosser
8Mike Reilly
9Tyson Strachan
G1Devan Dubnyk
2Darcy Kuemper
3Steve Michalek