Skip to main content

Thomas Vanek is back! Inks 3-year deal with Minnesota Wild

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Thomas Vanek is coming home to play for the Minnesota Wild.

The former Gophers scoring machine signed a three-year deal, according to NHL reporter Luc Gelinas. TSN's Bob McKenzie reports the deal will pay Vanek an average annual salary of $6.5 million. The entire deal is worth $19.5 million.

“Thomas is an elite offensive talent who showed a strong desire to play in Minnesota,” Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher said, via Wild.com. “We are excited to welcome him to our organization.”

Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports that Vanek was offered more money from other teams, but it only took him two hours from the start of free agency to pick his hometown team.

The Minnesota Wild confirmed the report on Twitter, offering up a homecoming theme for Vanek.

Vanek met with Wild coach Mike Yeo Sunday evening and Russo said both sides were happy after the meeting. Vanek’s agent, Steve Bartlett, said Vanek enjoyed listening to Yeo talk about his coaching philosophy.

Vanek scored 27 goals and had 41 assists last season while playing for three different teams, the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens. Prior to being traded twice last season, Vanek played his entire career in Buffalo.

The 30-year-old still spends his summers in Stillwater.

MOULSON, STONER GONE

In related news, Wild winger Matt Moulson's brief stint with the Wild is over. The Pioneer Press reports that Moulson is headed back to Buffalo – the team Minnesota traded with to get him last season – on a five-year deal. Clayton Stoner has also signed a three-year deal with the Ducks.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 4.54.42 PM

FBI, police investigating bank robbery at Edina's 50th and France

An ATM technician was robbed by four men at a U.S. Bank.

Ethan Glynn

Paralyzed Bloomington football player begins rehabilitation in Colorado

Ethan Glynn is at a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital.

Press Bar fire

Owner of St. Cloud bar gets 6 years for arson, ordered to repay $3M

A February 2020 fire at the Press Bar and Parlor was later determined to be an insurance job.

IMG_5455

Bloomington, Richfield districts tighten security ahead of weekend football

Enhanced safety measures will be in place this weekend.

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 2.23.15 PM

Walz sends MN first responders to help with hurricane recovery in Florida

Eight members of the Minnesota All Hazards Incident Management Team will travel to Florida.

drought

It was the driest September in Twin Cities modern history

Less than a quarter inch of rain fell in September.

Jay James Olson

Sauk Rapids man pleads guilty to making, selling ghost guns

The 21-year-old would sell unserialized guns, silencers, auto-sears, and high-capacity magazines.

Pixabay - gray squirrel

Squirrel blamed for Friday power outage impacting over 5,000 homes

There's no telling when or where the squirrels will strike next.

Related