(Source: PuckDaddy – YahooSports.com) –  The Minnesota Wild have reportedly informed winger Thomas Vanek that they intend to buy him out which should open up a large amount of salary cap space for the team.  The Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo first reported the news of the Wild’s decision.  According to General Fanager, Vanek’s buyout salary cap hit for next season comes to $1.5 million, which gives the team $5 million in savings over the next year from Vanek’s $6.5 million contract.  The following year, Vanek’s buyout cap hit will escalate to $2.5 million.


Don’t even think about it, Don.  The Bruins do not need this guy.  His career high (43 goals) was set way back in 2006-2007 when I could drink just about anything in high volume and still function the next day.  But for the last three seasons he’s been on the decline.  Except of course for some reason he randomly blacked out and regained his touch on his then Montreal squad for the 7 game battle against the Habs and helped bury the Bruins President’s Trophy 2013-2014 season.

He was always a Bruins killer.

The impending Vanek buyout is no surprise and he will more than likely be snapped up by some team with Alexander Semin-to-Montreal-conditions like last summer.

Let’s just hope Don Sweeney looks the other way.