Thomas Vanek RUMORS & NEWS

  • Vanek knows buyout could happen, but still believes he’s a 30-goal scorer

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Wild had their end-of-year media interviews on Wednesday, which meant Thomas Vanek — the oft-criticized winger that missed all of the playoffs with broken ribs — was asked to address his future. Vanek, heading into the last of a three-year, $19.5 million deal with a $6.5M cap hit,..." April 27

  • Thomas Vanek will miss the start of the playoffs

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Wild veteran Thomas Vanek will miss the start of the playoffs with an upper-body injury, coach John Torchetti said after this morning's practice. Vanek was injured March 29 when cross-checked by Chicago's Viktor Svedberg on a power play. He will miss his fourth game of the final five during..." April 08

  • Wild's Vanek taking benching like a pro

    The Score "The Minnesota Wild are bigger than Thomas Vanek. And Vanek knows it. Vanek will be a healthy scratch again Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks, as the Wild continue on their quest to make the playoffs. The 32-year-old forward watched from the press box Saturday against the Carolina..." March 20

  • Wild's Porter happy to join Vanek-Granlund line

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "From regular healthy scratch to second-line right wing, that’s the position Chris Porter found himself in Tuesday night. Scratched in seven consecutive games since Feb. 6 and in eight of the previous nine games since Feb. 2, Porter was slotted right into injured Jason Zucker’s spot on the..." February 24

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    Chad Graff @ChadGraff

    Thomas Vanek and Jason Zucker draw back into the #mnwild lineup tonight after being healthy scratches Saturday.

  • Wild's Vanek feels he's become more of a playmaker

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Thomas Vanek said he wouldn’t call his first season with the Wild “a horrible year.” “I’m not going to say I was pumped about it, but with what I was dealing with — not being healthy, bouncing around lines, having to be more of a playmaker than I’ve ever been, I still hit 20 goals and 50..." September 22

  • Vanek skating following hernia surgery, expected to be ready for Wild camp

    The Score "A fresh start might be exactly what Thomas Vanek needs. The Minnesota Wild forward is back to skating following hernia surgery and expects to be ready for training camp, he told Michael Russo of the Star Tribune on Wednesday. The 31-year-old scored 21 goals and added 31 assists during his..." August 05

  • Vanek enjoyed first year of homecoming, but disappointed with finish

    Fox Sports North "The storybook return to Minnesota for Thomas Vanek is still waiting on its perfect ending, the beginning chapters reading tougher than Vanek and the Wild hoped when the two sides came together. A second-round playoff exit left the on-ice portion of Vanek's first year back in Minnesota..." May 24

  • Thomas Vanek: Isles' move to Brooklyn was deterrent in re-signing

    Yahoo! Sports "When Thomas Vanek signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Minnesota Wild last summer, it put an end to hockey’s worst-kept secret that the forward would end up in the “State of Hockey.” But New York Islanders GM Garth Snow felt he could sell Vanek on Long Island after trading for him..." March 25

  • Bookie admits to plot involving NHL star Thomas Vanek

    Rochester Democrat and Chronicle "National Hockey League star Thomas Vanek apparently bet — and lost — a lot. A local bookie, Joseph Ruff, on Friday admitted to extorting a $230,000 payment from Vanek as partial payment of gambling losses Vanek owed. After the plea, Ruff's attorney, Matthew Parrinello, said Vanek had owed..." December 06

  • Report: Thomas Vanek involved in money laundering scandal

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to a report in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, current Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek was involved in a money laundering scheme. The report alleges that while a member of the Islanders, Vanek endorsed a pay-check in the amount of $230,000 to Mark Ruff to cover a gambling..." October 31

  • Wild hopes to get Koivu, Vanek up to speed

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "“Good teams respond.” That’s was the pregame message in the Wild locker room, captain Mikko Koivu said, after the Wild rallied in the third period to defeat the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. The comeback regulation win from two goals down — the first time the Wild accomplished that since 2007..." October 30

  • Vanek ‘no longer a given’ to sign in Minnesota

    Pro Hockey Talk "Now that the offseason is upon us, it’s time to start speculating on where key free agents could wind up. Perhaps the biggest name to be had this summer is Montreal Canadiens forward Thomas Vanek. While it’s been expected he’ll wind up signing with the Minnesota Wild, that may not be so certain..." June 15

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    BREAKING: Thomas Vanek lands with #habs.

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    The #habs give up prospect Sebastien Collberg and a conditional second-round pick for Tomas Vanek.

  • Penguins, Kings most interested in Thomas Vanek

    CBS Sports "Thomas Vanek remains one of the biggest names on the trading block and any team looking to boost scoring has to be thinking about making a deal with the New York Islanders to acquire the productive veteran. According to Chris Botta of Sports Business Journal and a former Islanders employee, the..." March 04

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    steven marcus @newsdaymarcus

    Islanders: Vanek said if team was in "top echelon" he might stay. "I can tell you that winning does make a big difference."

  • Islanders’ Vanek: ‘Ridiculous’ reaction to Olympic partying

    New York Post "Thomas Vanek certainly enjoyed his time in Sochi, just as he is enjoying his time with the Islanders — and both situations will be short-lived. It’s inevitable that by the March 5 trade deadline, general manager Garth Snow will trade Vanek, now even more so in the wake of star center John..." February 24

  • Islanders’ Vanek determined to reach free agency

    New York Post "There is a sincerity to the way Thomas Vanek talks about wanting to reach free agency for the first time in his career, and that same sincerity when he speaks about eschewing a huge financial opportunity the Islanders presented him only for him to push it aside. “I like it here in the..." February 06

  • Rumblings: Will Vanek be moved soon?

    ESPN "The New York Islanders have fielded a number of calls on Thomas Vanek in the past day or so and it's possible the star winger could be dealt by Friday's Olympic roster freeze. Far from certain, but possible, a source close to the situation told Tuesday. Once news got out Monday..." February 05

  • Vanek: Decision not to sign with Isles involves more ‘than a contract’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Thomas Vanek says the decision to pass on New York’s “substantial” contract offer has more to do than just numbers on a page. “I said from the beginning that I like it here,” Vanek told SNY TV. “But there goes more into it than a contract. It is what it is, but I’m sure we’ll continue to..." February 04

  • Thomas Vanek named captain of Team Austria

    Pro Hockey Talk "Thomas Vanek will be wearing the captain’s “C” once again this season, this time for his country at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Via news from Vanek’s website, Team Austria coach Manny Viveiros announced Vanek as team captain replacing forward Thomas Koch in that role. “Vanek is a star player..." January 28

  • If traded, Thomas Vanek open to signing with Isles after season

    Newsday "With comments in recent days ranging from Steve Bartlett, his agent, to ESPN's Pierre Lebrun and then some response from Islanders GM Garth Snow on Wednesday regarding Thomas Vanek's contract status, I thought I'd talk to Vanek about it Thursday morning. Candid as always, Vanek said he..." January 24

  • Thomas Vanek likes LI, but he won't discuss new contract in immediate future

    Newsday "Contract talks have not begun in earnest between Thomas Vanek's agent and the Islanders, but Vanek isn't concerned. There have been initial discussions, but both sides still are waiting to see the direction the Islanders will go in the next month heading into the Olympic break and the March 5..." January 14

  • Austria names first Olympic hockey roster since 2002

    Pro Hockey Talk "Austria is one of the great Winter Olympic nations, historically competitive in many sports and the all-time medal leader in Alpine skiing. Its hockey tradition is not quite up to the golden standard. Austria announced its Olympic hockey roster Tuesday with three NHL forwards and almost no shot..." January 07

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    NYIslanders @NYIslanders

    Capuano: Nabokov in goal tonight. Same #Isles skaters as the last game meaning Vanek remains day-to-day.

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    Arthur Staple @StapeNewsday

    Jack Capuano says same #Isles lineup tonight. Tavares is in, Vanek is out.

  • Vanek (upper body) to miss second straight for Isles

    Pro Hockey Talk "Thomas Vanek will miss his second consecutive game in a row on Tuesday when the Isles host Nashville, Newsday reports. Vanek, 29, suffered an upper-body injury just seconds into Saturday’s loss to Columbus, left immediately, and didn’t return. He was subsequently held out of a 4-2 loss to..." November 12

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    Arthur Staple @StapeNewsday

    On Vanek, no official update, but I'm told he's definitely out tomorrow. Not known if he'll need IR yet. #Isles

  • Islanders' Vanek leaves with upper-body injury "New York Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek left the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday after a 23-second opening shift in the first period due to an upper-body injury. He did not return. Pierre-Marc Bouchard took Vanek's place on a line with Kyle Okposo and John Tavares. There..." November 10

  • Isles' Vanek could end up in Minnesota

    Sportsnet "The Thomas Vanek-Matt Moulson trade is full of spin-off implications and possibilities, not the least of which is the ultimate destination of Vanek, whose future could depend on just how well his New York Islanders perform the rest of the season. The chemistry Vanek is able to create with dynamic..." October 29

  • Sabres were willing to make Thomas Vanek highest-paid in NHL

    CBS Sports "How does Thomas Vanek, highest-paid player in the league sound? It could have been the case. Vanek had a couple of options in Buffalo, either make his way out of town in the Sabres' dismantling of the roster in their rebuilding attempt or to decide to stay and ride out what is sure to be a..." October 29

  • Islanders acquire Thomas Vanek from Sabres for Matt Moulson, picks

    TSN "The New York Islanders have acquired forward Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Matt Moulson, a first round draft pick in 2014 and a 2015 second round pick. Vanek, 29, is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2013-14 season. In 13 games this season..." October 28

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    Arthur Staple @StapeNewsday

    Vanek on the left side with Tavares and Okposo at practice.

  • In no surprise, Vanek says he was ready to move on from Sabres

    Buffalo News "Thomas Vanek could have been paid handsomely to stay in Buffalo. A source, in fact, says the Sabres were willing to make him the highest-paid player in the NHL. He'd rather win than take part in a rebuild, which has been his message since last season. "I enjoyed my time there, but I didn’t..." October 28

  • Flyers should pursue Sabres' Vanek "he offensive-challenged Flyers need to add a sniper. Badly. Paging Thomas Vanek. Paging Thomas Vanek. The Buffalo Sabres winger and the Flyers seem like a perfect match. The Flyers have scored a total of 10 goals - their lowest seven-game total to begin a season in franchise history -..." October 17

  • Sabres' Vanek keeps an eye on team’s progress

    Buffalo News "Thomas Vanek entered this season with a clear plan. He wanted to watch the Sabres’ young players perform and gauge their talent level before deciding if he would re-sign with Buffalo. Not surprisingly the opening few weeks haven’t made him rush out to grab a pen. “Right now I’m not ready but..." October 15

  • Rolston’s pick for Sabres’ ‘C’ is a split decision

    Buffalo News "Practice ended at First Niagara Center and Ron Rolston gathered the Buffalo Sabres around him at center ice late Tuesday morning. But what’s normally a 5-minute chat might have lasted 30 seconds because Rolston ushered the players into the locker room for a meeting. With jokes flying on Twitter..." October 02

  • Buffalo Sabres name Steve Ott, Thomas Vanek co-captains

    CBS Sports "The Buffalo Sabres will have two captains heading into the new season as the team announced Thomas Vanek will wear the C at home while Steve Ott will do so on the road. Meanwhile defenseman Christian Ehrhoff will serve as the team's alternate captain for all games. This move is a bit..." October 01

  • Regier hopes to re-sign Hodgson soon

    Buffalo News "It sounds like Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek could remain with the Sabres for a while. General Manager Darcy Regier hopes Cody Hodgson sticks around too. Buffalo's veterans gathered for physicals today and will begin skating Thursday and Regier hopes Hodgson will be on the ice in First Niagara..." September 11

  • Sabres Are On The Clock When It Comes To Thomas Vanek

    Sabre Noise "Ladies and gentlemen it’s time to synchronize your watches. Thomas Vanek is back in the 716 and the Buffalo Sabres have exactly one season to convince their leading scorer that he should remain adorned in the blue and the gold. Some background: Vanek recently arrived in Buffalo after..." August 31

  • Thomas Vanek hasn't asked Sabres for a trade

    CBS Sports "Will Thomas Vanek be a member of the Buffalo Sabres for a while longer or won't he? Inquiring minds want to know. Since it became clear that the Sabres were finally going to cut bait on some of their more established players and go the rebuilding route -- made clear when Jason Pominville was..." August 29

  • Amid rumors, Sabres' Thomas Vanek looks ahead "The subject of trade rumors and speculation since April Thomas Vanek says he hasn’t been fazed by all the chatter. Speaking today with ABC affiliate KTSP in Minneapolis the veteran winger said he expects to be a member of the Buffalo Sabres when camp opens in September. “As of right now yeah. I..." July 25

  • Miller, Vanek likely to start season with Sabres "With one year remaining on their contracts, Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller and forward Thomas Vanek have been the subjects of trade rumors in recent weeks. But Sabres general manager Darcy Regier doesn't believe he will move either player before the start of next season. "We've had some..." July 14

  • Sabres GM says that he's not really getting any offers for Miller, Vanek or Ott

    Buffalo News "Darcy Regier met the media between periods of tonight's development camp scrimmage and there was no big news unveiled in the 10-minute chat, other than the confirmation that Chadd Cassidy has been promoted from interim coach of the Rochester Amerks to the permanent bench boss in place of Ron..." July 13

  • Agents for Vanek, Miller: No talks with Sabres

    Buffalo News "The Sabres say they are interested in keeping Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller around. So far, they haven't tried to extend the contract of either one. Buffalo's franchise goaltender and leading scorer are set to enter the final season of their deals. Though teams cannot re-sign players until July..." June 20

  • Pegula backs Regier as Sabres' GM; 'concerned' about Vanek, Miller

    Buffalo News "Terry Pegula says he talks to Darcy Regier more than his own wife. The chats have convinced the Buffalo Sabres’ owner he has the right general manager despite a playoff history that suggests otherwise. “He is a very qualified person,” Pegula said today during an appearance on the Sabres’ radio..." June 18

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    Buffalo Sabres @

    Rolston said Vanek is a "possibility" for tonight's game.

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    Buffalo Sabres @

    Despite skating today, Vanek says he's still not ready to play.

  • Sabres’ Vanek wants to stay, but ...

    Buffalo News "Thomas Vanek likes being in Buffalo. It is where he grew into an NHL star and family man. But like many folks in Sabreland, he’s curious about the direction of the franchise and whether he’ll be part of it. Vanek has one year left on his contract, which has made him the focus of trade talk..." April 01

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