When Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning announced that he had signed veteran Thomas Vanek to a one-year, $2 million deal just prior to the start of the 2017-18 preseason, reaction from the team’s fanbase was mixed. One year, $2 million… what’s the risk? On the other hand, why tie up a roster spot on a young, rebuilding team with a 34-year-old veteran?
Well, 53 games into his career as a Canuck and it’s clear that the Vanek signing was a smart one. The skilled winger has 15 goals and 37 points this season, good for second on the team just behind rookie Brock Boeser and ahead of captain Henrik Sedin.
With the Canucks now firmly out of the playoff picture and with Vanek’s deal expiring this offseason, he could be a prime trade deadline acquisition for a Stanley Cup contender. NEWS1130 reporter Rick Dhaliwal recently caught up with Vanek’s agent to talk trade deadline and the veterans future in Vancouver:
Interesting. If the Canucks can recoup some assets for Vanek and then bring him back again next year, why not? Vanek certainly isn’t in the team’s long-term plans, but the skilled playmaker clearly has some chemistry with Boeser and center Bo Horvat. Why not bring him back for another season to help with the development of those young players?
What’s your take? Should the Canucks try to re-sign Vanek this upcoming offseason? If so, what’s the right price? He certainly won’t be getting more than a one-year deal, right?