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The Red Wings have signed Thomas Vanek to a one-year deal worth $2.6 million.

Vanek, 32, is a former two-time 40-goal scorer, but has slowed down in recent years. After a 52-point (21G / 31A) year in his debut season with the Wild, Vanek posted just 18 goals and 23 assists (41 points) in 74 games last season, leading to a buyout this summer. Detroit adds Vanek on a one-year deal in hope he can rediscover his scoring touch—a low-risk/high reward signing for Detroit.

Source: Chris Johnston 07/5/16, 8:01 am EST

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The Wild have bought out the final year of Thomas Vanek’s contract.

Vanek becomes an unrestricted free agent, eligible to sign wit any team other than Minnesota. Vanek was heading into the final year of a three-year, $19.5 million dollar deal. He struggled this past season, tallying just 18 goals and 23 assists (41 points) in 74 games. Through two season with the Wild he had 39 goals and 54 assists (93 points) in 154 games.

Source: Minnesota Wild 06/24/16, 1:47 pm EST

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Vanek (lower-body) will be a game-time decision; but looks like he will play.

Vanek made it through the entire skate and said that if he can “deal with the pain and still contribute” that he will play tonight vs. the Flames. Unless something changes between now and warmups, it looks like Vanek will play, but consider him a game-time decision.

Source: @mnwild 02/18/15, 8:59 am EST

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Vanek skated on the Wild’s top line on Saturday.

Vanek had been stuck on the third line with Kyle Brodziak and Nino Niederreiter, but this afternoon he moved to the top line with Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise. It has not been a great return home for Vanek, who has just 14 points (2G / 12A) in 25 games. A move to the top-line should hopefully get him going.

Source: Chad Graff 12/6/14, 10:58 am EST

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Vanek moves to the Wild’s top line with Zach Parise out.

Vanek was recently demoted to the third line, but will be moved up to the top line with Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville now that Parise is out. Vanek has one goal and seven assists in 11 games and his lack of scoring can be attributed to his lack of shots. He has just 17 shots so far this season— that is 1.55 S/PG, he averaged 3.56 last season.

Source: Chad Graff 11/5/14, 8:26 am EST

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Vanek is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

Vanek did not skate at practice this morning and likely won't play in the WIld's preseason game on Saturday. Vanek said he is "sore after getting bumped" on Thursday, so it does not sound like the injury is very serious. Vanek is likely being held out as a precaution.

Source: Chad Graff 09/26/14, 6:27 pm EST

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The Minnesota Wild have signed Thomas Vanek to a three-year deal worth $19.5 million.

It was always pretty obvious that Vanek wanted to go to Minnesota. While playing for three different teams (BUF, NYI, MTL) he posted 27 goals and 41 assists (68 points) in 78 games. However, he struggled in the postseason, so much so we saw him bumped down to the Habs bottom six. He rejoins former teammate Jason Pominville on a Minnesota team who look extremely dangerous on paper.

Source: Bob McKenzie 07/1/14, 12:15 pm EST

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