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26 Thomas Vanek LW
Height/Weight: 6-2/205 | Birthdate: 1/19/1984 | Birthplace: Vienna, Austria | Team: Minnesota Wild | College: Minnesota | NHL Experience: 9 | Salary: $6,400,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/88 | Average Draft Position: 43.38
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8:29 AM

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Returns From Injury

News: Thomas Vanek (general soreness) has played in each of the Wild's last two preseason contests.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek was dinged up in last Thursday's contest against the Penguins, but it didn't take long for him to return to full health. He failed to tally a point in either of the two contests he played, but the Wild will continue to carve out a role for him on the second line this season. He'll likely play alongside Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle.

9/26/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Dealing With Soreness

News: Thomas Vanek likely won't play in Saturday's exhibition game against the Jets since he's dealing with soreness "after getting bumped" in Thursday's exhibition game, Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek's status seems to be precautionary when considering that the Wild's first game of the season is on Oct. 9. A little added rest will be the norm in the preseason before the long grueling season starts and time off the ice is less affordable.

9/26/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Scores Power-Play Goal

News: Thomas Vanek scored a power-play goal in Thursday's exhibition loss to Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek has already fit in with his new Wild teammates and will likely be on a line centered by Mikko Koivu and have a large role on the power play. The Wild are still experimenting with line combinations in the preseason, but Vanek should be in a high-profile role regardless.

7/21/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Tied To Gambling Investigation

News: Thomas Vanek made an appearance at the courthouse in Rochester on Monday in connection to a gambling investigation, News 10 NBC in Rochester reports.
Analysis: It's currently unclear just how Thomas Vanek is involved with the investigation, but he showed up voluntarily at the courthouse and left after a two-hour visit. His agent, Steve Bartlett, released a statement Monday that said Vanek is "not the subject of any investigation or prosecution." Rochester where the Sabres' AHL affiliate is located; Vanek spent eight seasons in a Buffalo jersey.

7/1/2014

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Thomas Vanek

Wild Bring Vanek Back To Familiar Confines

News: Thomas Vanek has signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Wild, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Analysis: The Wild get the guy they've been targeting, which might be a bit of a coup considering other teams had more money to spend and Thomas Vanek was perhaps the best pure scorer on the open market. The Austrian also returns to where he spent his college career. He'll almost certainly be placed on the top line, though it's unclear how and if Vanek and Zach Parise (both left wings by trade) might work together. And if Vanek gets to work on the top power-play line with Parise and Ryan Suter, he could be in line for a nice season. Vanek has also worked well with Jason Pominville in the past, so the Wild could do some shuffling to try and create two optimal lines at even strength.

6/30/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Vanek To Meet With Wild

News: Thomas Vanek will meet with Wild head coach Mike Yeo on Monday in Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: The Wild are interesting in signing Thomas Vanek to a short-term deal, but he'll likely get more lucrative offers elsewhere. However, if he doesn't find the long-term contract he's looking for, the Minnesota resident may be lured to his "hometown" Wild.

6/14/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild Not Keen On Free Agent Vanek?

News: Thomas Vanek, who will be a free agent come July and has long been linked to the Wild, "is no longer a given" to sign with in Minnesota, says Michael Russo of the Star Tribune. "I don't get the impression the Wild's willing to sign him to a long-term deal anymore," stated Russo.
Analysis: The team seems a bit gun-shy after Thomas Vanek's tough postseason run in Montreal and might only want to offer two or three years to the winger. He's looking to cash in and has already turned down a seven-year, $49 million offer from the Islanders. Free agency should be fun for Vanek -- he'll get his money from somewhere, but it might not be from his beloved Minny.

5/13/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN Montreal's Vanek Pots Two In Game 6

Thomas Vanek

Montreal's Vanek Pots Two In Game 6

News: Thomas Vanek scored two goals in Monday's Game 6 win over the Bruins.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek paced the Habs attack with a team-leading four shots on goal, finding the net for his fourth and fifth tallies of the postseason. Interestingly enough, Vanek's pair of two-goal performances against the Bruins have come in the two playoff games in which he's seen the least ice time.

5/3/2014

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Thomas Vanek

Vanek's PPGs Not Enough For Montreal

News: Thomas Vanek registered two power-play goals in Montreal's 5-3 loss at Boston on Saturday afternoon.
Analysis: His playoff shooting percentage (17.2% over his career) suggests that he knows how to turn on the intensity when the stakes rise.

4/9/2014

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Thomas Vanek

Vanek Continues Productivity In Canadiens' Loss

News: Thomas Vanek assisted on a third period goal in Montreal's 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago on Wednesday.
Analysis: While Thomas Vanek has been shutout in two of four games this month, he's logged 15 points in 16 games since being acquired from the Islanders at the trade deadline. Buffalo's former fifth overall pick (2003) has 23 goals (59 points) in 62 games played this season.

4/4/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN Vanek Busy In Habs Win

Thomas Vanek

Vanek Busy In Habs Win

News: Thomas Vanek assisted on three of Montreal's seven goals in Friday's win over Ottawa, his third multi-point game in the last four contests.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek is enjoying life with Max Pacioretty, earning eight points in the last four games and he sits with 14 in his 14 contests with Montreal since Deadline Day. Vanek is an elite talent when he decides to play and owners who gambled on him in Montreal are rather happy.

3/29/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN Habs' Vanek Proving To Be Catch Of Deadline Deals

Thomas Vanek

Habs' Vanek Proving To Be Catch Of Deadline Deals

News: Thomas Vanek scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's win over Florida. He has six goals and 10 points in his past seven games.
Analysis: Mirror, mirror on the wall -- who's the best deadline deal of them all? Yup, that moniker belongs to the steal of a deal the Habs pulled to grab this guy. He has 11 points in 12 games in bleu, blanc et rouge, and that might be enough for him to consider his fit there as a free agent. Short term? We don't need to tell you what to do with him.

3/27/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Vanek Chips In Three Points For Habs

News: Thomas Vanek scored a goal, picked up two assists and went plus-3 in Thursday's win over Detroit.
Analysis: A sparkling game for Thomas Vanek, who had been held to just an assist over his last three contests. He has nine points in 11 games for the Habs, and has collected eight of them in the last six games.

3/20/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Vanek Scores Again For Habs

News: Two nights after scoring his first three goals in a Montreal uniform, Thomas Vanek scored his fourth in Thursday's loss to Columbus.
Analysis: The Austrian winger's starting to roll after some initial struggles following his second trade of the season. Roll him out there and feel good about it.

3/19/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN Vanek Nets First Three Goals With Habs

Thomas Vanek

Vanek Nets First Three Goals With Habs

News: Thomas Vanek scored his first, second and third goals as a member of the Canadiens on Tuesday, as his hat trick led the Habs over Colorado 6-3.
Analysis: The Austrian winger exploded out of his scoring slump, finding twine for the first time as a Hab in his sixth game with the club. He looked like a true gamebreaker against Colorado, getting the party started with Montreal's first goal of the night before burying the Avs with a pair of power-play markers at 14:45 and 17:40 of the third. He now has 24 goals to go along with 33 assists this year accumulated with the Sabres, Islanders and Canadiens and should pick up steam now that he has broken the goal-scoring ice in his new uniform.

3/17/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Habs' Vanek Getting Opportunities

News: Thomas Vanek had six shots on goal in Sunday's win over Buffalo and now has 16 in the past three games.
Analysis: Since moving to the top line with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty, Thomas Vanek has more shots on goal but just one assist. At some point, we'll see Vanek generate the kind of offense the Canadiens were hoping for when they acquired him from the Islanders. Until then, you'll just have to take comfort in the fact that he's establishing a rapport with his new mates and the signs are there.

3/15/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Canadiens' Vanek Practices On Top Line

News: Thomas Vanek moved up to the top line for Friday's practice, the Montreal Gazette reports. He's replacing Brendan Gallagher on a line with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty for Saturday night's game against Ottawa.
Analysis: The Desharnais line is considered the team's best at this point, so this is good news for Thomas Vanek even though he'll be skating on his off (right) wing. This trio produced Montreal's lone goal in Wednesday's loss to the Bruins, Vanek's best game since joining the team.

3/13/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Vanek Collects First Point As Hab

News: Thomas Vanek assisted on David Desharnais' third-period goal in Wednesday night's loss to Boston. It was Vanek's first point since joining Montreal.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek played his best game as a member of the bleu, blanc et rouge, firing five shots on net and finishing as the only Hab to finish with a positive plus-minus. Coach Michel Therrien moved him up to the first line with Desharnais and Max Pacioretty, something we may see more of in the coming games.

3/12/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Canadiens' Vanek Making Home Debut

News: Thomas Vanek will make his debut in Montreal on Wednesday night against the Bruins, the Montreal Gazette reports. He'll be back on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta.
Analysis: The Canadiens are hoping Thomas Vanek will add some pop to the offense, but he's pointless in his two games since the team acquired him from the Islanders last week. He's taken shifts with each of the top two lines as coach Michel Therrien attempts to find the right mix. The good news: Vanek is a Boston killer, having torched the Bruins for 61 points in 53 games.

3/7/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Vanek Makes Montreal Debut

News: Thomas Vanek made his Montreal debut Thursday night, playing 15:34 in a 5-2 loss to Phoenix. He had one shot and finished minus-1 while skating on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta.
Analysis: While it wasn't a very productive debut -- Thomas Vanek was out of sync with Gionta and Plekanec -- we'll look at the bright side and see that he skated on the first-unit power play. We should also note that the Habs were playing their third game in four nights, so they lacked energy -- particularly in the first period when they fell behind, 3-1. It's wise to take the long view here. Vanek is learning how to play with new teammates and he'll be helpful in the team's run to the postseason.

3/6/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Canadiens' Vanek Expected Thursday

News: Thomas Vanek, who was acquired from the Islanders at Wednesday's trade deadline, is expected to suit up for Thursday night's game in Phoenix, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: The Canadiens needed some forward help and got a high-impact guy in Thomas Vanek, who will probably line up alongside Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta.

3/6/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Vanek Traded To Montreal

News: The Islanders have traded Thomas Vanek to the Canadiens in exchange for Sebastian Collberg and a second-round draft pick, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: In 60 games combined between the Islanders and Sabres to date this season, Thomas Vanek has notched 53 points. He's in the last year of his contract, but for now he'll provide the Habs with a nice boost up front for the team's stretch run.

3/4/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Isles' Vanek A Healthy Scratch Tuesday

News: Thomas Vanek has been scratched from the lineup Tuesday versus Winnipeg, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis: No trade has been completed as of yet but one will certainly be completed before the deadline Wednesday. Anaheim was hot and heavy after Thomas Vanek earlier Tuesday so they could be seen as the favorites unless a mystery team jumps in at the last minute. Either way GM Garth Snow needs a win here or he's going to get lambasted by the fan base for acquiring Vanek in the first place.

3/4/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Isles' Vanek A Healthy Scratch Tuesday

News: Thomas Vanek will be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Jets, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek's absence from the lineup almost certainly indicates that the Islanders are working on trading the forward in advance of Thursday's deadline. Vanek's name doesn't necessarily have the sex appeal of players like Ryan Kesler that are being bandied about in trade rumors, but with the forward set to become a free agent this offseason, the Islanders asking price for him could be low.

3/2/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Islanders' Vanek Notches Three Points

News: Thomas Vanek scored two goals, including a power-play tally, and had an assist against the Panthers on Sunday. He also had seven shots on goal.
Analysis: This gives Thomas Vanek 21 goals on the season, and Vanek has scored at least 20 goals in every season of his career. He should be fine even if he stays with the Islanders, but a trade could boost his value.