The Minnesota Wild have signed Thomas Vanek to a three-year deal worth $6.5 million annually.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As expected since last summer, Vanek signed with the Wild. They wanted him to accept a little less than market value on a shorter-term to give them space for additional moves and got what they wanted. Coming home was more important to Vanek. It’s still expensive but doesn’t saddle them with a burdensome cap hit for too long.
Vanek’s a streaky scorer but he’s rejoining old friend and Sabres teammate Jason Pominville, and joins a Wild team on the rise. For once, he won’t be relied upon to carry the offensive load on his own. This move could also free up cap space for the Wild to pursue Matt Niskanen.