Like a few high-profile veterans, it's taken Thomas Vanek awhile to find a team. The search is over.
The former Sabres co-captain has signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Vancouver Canucks. The 33-year-old had spent the summer looking for the right fit along with unsigned forwards such as Jaromir Jagr and Brian Gionta.
"Thomas has been a prolific scorer throughout his career, and we're excited to add his offense and experience to help with the continued growth of our forwards," Canucks General Manager Jim Benning said. "His skill and ability to contribute on the score sheet, combined with his lead-by-example style, will help our team this year and will benefit our younger players as they continue to develop their game."
Vanek signed a one-year contract with Detroit last season and recorded 15 goals and 38 points in 48 games. The Red Wings traded him to Florida, where the winger put up two goals and 10 points in 20 games.
The 12-year veteran has 333 goals and 697 points in 885 games. His best years came in Buffalo, where he reached 40 goals twice and topped 30 on two other occasions.
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