NY Rangers Rumor: Thomas Vanek could be on the radar

Vanek (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)
Vanek (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers intend on touching base with Thomas Vanek, recently bought out by the Minnesota Wild, on a one-year deal. The Wild bought out the final year of Vanek’s deal that would have paid him $6.5 million. It wasn’t that Vanek wasn’t productive, 18-23-41 last season, it’s that Minnesota needed the space.

Vanek on a one-year deal is something I can see the Rangers doing if they are indeed clearing room for Steven Stamkos. In this scenario, Rick Nash likely needs to be traded to clear the room, and Vanek is someone who could –at least in the extremely short term– try to fill that gap.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating for this scenario, as Nash is still the superior player to Vanek. But in this scenario where Stamkos appears to be the target, looking at Vanek would be the next logical step on offense.

13 thoughts on “NY Rangers Rumor: Thomas Vanek could be on the radar

  • Jun 26, 2016 at 11:00 pm
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    Kill me

    • Jun 26, 2016 at 11:24 pm
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      Kevin, Take a number and get in line. Lord help us.

  • Jun 27, 2016 at 1:43 am
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    If he’s a 3rd line winger on $1mm, you could do worse.

  • Jun 27, 2016 at 5:12 am
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    Hayes, Buchnevich & Vanek? Yes, please.

    • Jun 27, 2016 at 9:31 am
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      This is a theoretical third line that might work.

  • Jun 27, 2016 at 5:46 am
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    A no risk 1 year deal for a 20 goal scorer? I could think of worse things….. Like committing 80 million to a player who’s goal scoring has declined the last few years.

  • Jun 27, 2016 at 7:54 am
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    I could see vanek for nash it would be a good deal and it would clear cap space

  • Jun 27, 2016 at 10:44 am
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    Oh God please, this guy is done, he won’t score goals in NY and he won’t backcheck, and he won’t sign for 1 million.

    • Jun 27, 2016 at 12:06 pm
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      That’s the thing. I don’t think he’ll sign for only 1 Mill neither.

      However, the one thing he does very well that everybody’s been clamoring for is his ability to score goals from in front of the net. He’s very crafty in the perimeter.

      It all comes down to price. At a certain cost (not sure what), he can be very useful.

      Left Wingers: Nash, Kreider, Hayes, Vanek, Hrivik.

  • Jun 27, 2016 at 12:41 pm
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    Vanek is what, 32? Good Lord, please no.

  • Jun 27, 2016 at 1:49 pm
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    Anyone know how much Vanek is getting from Minny for his buyout? I think it’s about $2.2M but haven’t seen anything to confirm it.

    Vanek for 1 year at $1M to $2M is a steal for the Rangers.

    • Jun 27, 2016 at 7:08 pm
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      Buyouts are always two thirds of salary. Since he was supposed to get $7.5M on a backloaded contract, he get $5M. Minnesota only has a $4M cap hit spread over two years.

      • Jun 28, 2016 at 10:19 am
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        Thanks Ray, so if Vanek signed for $1M in NY, he still makes $6M for the year, and the Rangers can cut Vanek with minimal impact ($50k) to their cap.

        Why isn’t he signed already?

        ** Also, I found out that when players under 27 get bought out, they only get 1/3 of their remaining salary.

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