Apr 10, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Thomas Vanek (20) skates before the game against the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre. The New YorkIslanders defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Rumors: Thomas Vanek willing to re-sign with Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens fell just two games shy of a Stanley Cup berth and will now spend this offseason trying to keep as much of this Eastern Conference Finals worthy roster as intact as possible.

One of the biggest pieces the Habs have to think about in free agency is Thomas Vanek, who is one of the top goal scorers in the NHL but will be an unrestricted free agent come July. Despite the fact that he’ll have plenty of interest from contending teams like Pittsburgh, Boston and Anaheim, Vanek has not ruled out the possibility that he’ll re-sign with Habs should they pursue him.

Montreal is no doubt going to look into bringing Vanek back as he was big for them down the stretch of the season and he’s a sniper that helps contending teams win big games, and Montreal figures themselves to be contenders.

The Habs will have fierce competition from the Minnesota Wild though, as Vanek went to college in Minneapolis and trains on the campus there each summer, even going as far as to own a home there. with Minnesota taking leaps forward this year as far as progress, they’ll no doubt be a place Vanek will want to land, but Montreal proved to be a better home for him than he thought and a return in 2014-15 isn’t out of the question.

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