Thomas Vanek LW MIN 2 Months

Vanek dished out two assists in Saturday's win over the visiting Lightning.

Slowly but surely, Vanek is adjusting to life in the State of Hockey and getting his points (four in six games). The Wild have been great so far, posting a 4-2 record and getting offensive production throughout their lineup while outscoring opponents 19-6. Vanek is surrounded by a talented supporting cast both at even strength (Mikael Granlund and Charlie Coyle) and on the power play (Zach Parise, Jason Pominville and Mikko Koivu), so he should flirt with his usual point-per-game pace this season, with many of his goals coming in bunches.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 2 Months

Vanek (finger) was on the ice for practice Tuesday, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

As was suggested two days earlier, Vanek appears to be fine after taking a puck to his thumb Sunday, with the Wild showing no trepidation about his availability for Thursday's tilt with the Coyotes. What is probably more concerning for Vanek owners has been the forward's lack of production through four games (no goals, one assist), but that could soon be remedied by the addition of the Charlie Coyle to his line. The speedy Coyle could create matchup issues for the opposition, thereby softening the defensive attention Vanek receives.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 2 Months

Vanek felt fine following Sunday's game despite being struck on the thumb by a puck, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Vanek said he felt some soreness in his thumb immediately after being hit, but he appeared to be no worse for the wear following the game. He will have a few days to give his thumb some rest with the Wild off until Thursday.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 2 Months

Vanek took a puck to the hand and suffered a thumb injury, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.

He missed most of the second period with the injury, but Vanek did return to the game after the incident. His return does not necessarily mean he will be ready to go for the Wild's next game on Thursday, but he was able to handle the pain today in his return.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 3 Months

Vanek (general soreness) has played in each of the Wild's last two preseason contests.

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.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 3 Months

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.

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.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 5 Months

Thomas Vanek is involved in an ongoing gambling investigation in upstate New York.

Per WHEC-TV, "Vanek is not charged with any crime and he voluntarily came to the federal court building with his lawyer." Vanek has also issued a statement saying that his cooperation was requested by the U.S. Federal Government and he intends to comply. "I am not the subject of any investigation or prosecution," Vanek said. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that the NHL is looking into the situation, but currently isn't commenting on the matter.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 6 Months

Thomas Vanek admitted that returning to Minnesota was one of his main motivations for wanting to test the free agent market.

Vanek had to compromise to sign with the Wild though as they would only ink him to a three-year deal. He hadn't previously played for the Wild, but he did go to the University of Minnesota where he was a star with the Golden Gophers. This signing also reunites him with his former Sabres linemate, Jason Pominville.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 6 Months

The Minnesota Wild have signed Thomas Vanek to a three-year deal.

Vanek goes back to Minnesota where he played college hockey and was a scoring star with the Golden Gophers. He will motivated to play in front of friends and should settle in on the Wild's top line alongside Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu. He will also play on the team's top power-play unit. Look for Vanek to register 70 points this upcoming season. Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher did well to hold the term on this deal to three years. It looks like Vanek and the Wild win here.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 6 Months

Thomas Vanek is interested in signing with the Minnesota Wild, but the team might be unwilling to give him a long-term deal.

Still, Vanek might be open to signing with the Wild on a short-term contract. "Is it a deal-breaker if he loves everything about the team and they're shorter term than another team? I don't think it's to that extent," Vanek's agent, Steve Bartlett said. "It's just one more of those boxes that you check when you're trying to make a decision." Vanek will be one of the top unrestricted free agents despite his rocky playoff run with Montreal.