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Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher and newly-signed Thomas Vanek pose for pictures during a press conference Tuesday in St. Paul. Pioneer Press

Vanek inks 3-year deal with Wild


By Chad Graff

St. Paul Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL — After a year of speculation and anticipation, Thomas Vanek became a member of the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday when he signed a three-year contract worth $19.5 million.

Vanek, 30, was one of the top free agents in a class regarded as thin, and chose the Wild about 100 minutes into the NHL’s free agency period, which started at 11 a.m.

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