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Detroit Red Wings reportedly interested in Thomas Vanek


Add the Detroit Red Wings to the list of potential Thomas Vanek landing spots. The sniper recently turned down a substantial offer from the New York Islanders, citing a desire to test the free agent market. To his credit, Vanek has been very open about his reasoning behind turning down the offer and hasn’t played coy at all.

Garth Snow still has little choice but to deal the 30-year-old Austrian. He gave up too much to risk losing Vanek for nothing, and he’s currently fielding calls for the player.

According to Eklund at HockeyBuzz.com, the Red Wings are “in on” Vanek and could be gearing up to make a trade any day now. This isn’t too surprising for a variety of reasons.

For starters, Detroit has struggled to stay healthy all season long. To make matters worse, several of the team’s veterans have more or less vanished and aren’t contributing on a nightly basis. Stephen Weiss hasn’t played since December 10, Jordin Tootoo and Mikael Samuelsson are buried in the minors and the likes of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have struggled to remain healthy throughout the campaign.

Despite icing a young, mostly inexperienced lineup, the Red Wings are still alive in the playoff hunt. Bolstering their lineup with Vanek could be the difference between fighting off an upstart like the Columbus Blue Jackets and taking part in the draft lottery for the first time since early 90′s.

Snow knows exactly what he wants for Vanek, so the onus seems to be on Detroit to make a pitch or inquire elsewhere for scoring help.


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  • Curt Wiebe

    I’m all for getting Vanek, only problem is the cap room obviously, you would assume Samuelson would take any trade to give him spot on an NHL team to try n earn at least a small contract next year and the same for Bertuzzi. So if they cleared that $5M+ in cap space than it’s do able. A healthy redwing lineup with a top 9 of Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Vanek, alfredson, Franzen, nyquist, Tatar, helm, Weiss sounds very dangerous and so many line up combos. But I’d play him on a first with Datsyuk n Z, if he lights it up and loves it there I could see him signing long term

  • Mark

    Vanek would help, but in two more years, D will be gone and Z might be right behind him either with injuries or just aging decline. The Red Wings have done so well with non-top ten draft picks. They are now close to getting higher picks that will help before Tartar and Nyquist are carrying canes. The rebuild is on. Keep the playoff streak going, but we won’t be serious contenders for a couple more years. Shed the old guys, bring up the new guys, continue to draft talent, and sign players that will not require a top draft pick. That is how it was done in the early 90′s and look what we had! Sign the big names when there is a real team to put around them, not now just for the sake of increasing the scoring a bit.

    • Curt Wiebe

      I think if they sign someone like Vanek/Moulson/gaborik/Callahan over the Summerr and get alfy for one more year n can get a top 4 defenseman like girardi for example I think they could very likely have a chance to win another cup. I think they should push n try to get Pav n Z another cup for everything they’ve done for the wings, n alfy should have his name on there too