Is Thomas Vanek’s future in Montreal?
Thomas Vanek just became a Montreal Canadien about 6 or so hours ago and there is already a ton of chatter on whether he will resign with the Habs or just head home to Minnesota. Vanek, 30, has already stated many times that he would like to test the free agent waters this July 1st and that the Minnesota Wild are on top of his list.
Vanek spent three years playing in the USHL for the Sioux Falls Stampede and then went on to play for the University of Minnesota for two years where his family currently resides and is the main reason why he would like to sign a long-term deal and finish his career in Minnesota.
Earlier this season Vanek reportedly turned down a seven year deal worth around $50 million, similar to his current contract, from the New York Islanders were he also stated that he would be open to resigning in Long Island. Vanek also said even if he were to be traded he would still consider resigning with the Islanders.
Will Thomas Vanek consider resigning with the Habs even if a contract agreement isn’t made before July 1st?
This will definitely be a recurring question throughout the rest of the season for the Habs and whether or not they ultimately choose Vanek over Gionta or vice-versa as it seems difficult for GM Bergevin to keep both.
According to Vanek’s agent Steve Bartlett who is also Gionta’s agent, Vanek would be open to contract negotiations with the Habs and that Brian Gionta ‘recommends’ Montreal to fellow teammate Vanek.
There is also many other factors to include here such as the Minnesota Wild resigning recently acquired Matt Moulson to a long-term deal that may close the window on Vanek going home to Minnesota. Another interesting idea could be the Habs and Wild exchanging the rights of Vanek and Moulson at the end of the year to accommodate their needs.