Wild sign Thomas Vanek to a three-year deal
The Minnesota Wild signed former Montreal Canadiens winger Thomas Vanek to a three-year deal on Tuesday, the team announced.
Vanek, 30, signed a deal worth $19.5 million and turned down more money and a longer contract elsewhere to return to Minnesota, per the Star Tribune's Michael Russo. Vanek played for the Buffalo Sabres from 2005 to 2014 before bouncing around between teams last season.
Vanek breakdown, $5.5 M, $6.5 M, $7.5M— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 1, 2014
Vanek played collegiately at the University of Minnesota, where he led the Gophers in goals, assists and points in the 2002-03 season en route to a national championship.
The Wild also agreed to terms with forward Brett Sutter on a two-year, two-way contract. Sutter, 27, played 17 games with the Carolina Hurricanes and spent the rest of the 2013 season in the American Hockey League with the Charlotte Checkers.
They signed defenseman Guillaume Gelinas to an entry-level contract of three years. Gelinas, 21, just completed his juniors career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
"Guillaume completed his junior career by having a tremendous season in the QMJHL," Assistant General Manager Brent Flahr said in a team release. "We are excited that he is joining the Wild organization and look forward to watching him work his way up the pro ranks."
The Wild also announced signing defenseman Stu Bickel. Bickel had been in the New York Rangers organization previously. The 27-year-old Chanhassen-native signed a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced.
... Pumped to be a part of the @mnwild organization!— Stu Bickel (@StuBickel) July 1, 2014