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Continued: Wild is front and center as NHL draft and free agency collide

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 25, 2014 - 9:30 AM

Rough finish

Vanek scored five goals and 10 points in 17 games for Montreal in the playoffs. His ice time was limited at times and he was under tremendous media scrutiny, particularly in the conference finals against the Rangers.

“I find it very hard to believe the body of work he brings to the table is going to get erased over one so-so series,” Bartlett said. “He still had a very solid season last year[27 goals, 68 points] despite all the baggage that goes with bouncing around like a yo-yo between three teams and living out of a hotel.”

All year long, most have assumed Vanek is destined for the Wild. At the very least, Bartlett and Vanek will learn during this week’s free-agent interview period which teams are in the mix.

“I don’t know what [the Wild’s] level of interest is. I’ll be curious to see,” Bartlett said. “There’s a lot of teams out there that need what Vanek brings. He’s interested to see what’s out there and he’s confident he can help a team.”

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Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley 12
San Francisco - WP: G. Kontos 9 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: J. Manship 6
Texas - LP: N. Tepesch 1 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: J. Francis 2
Boston - LP: J. Peavy 3 FINAL
Toronto - WP: J. Happ 7
Miami - WP: J. Turner 6 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: M. Minor 5
San Diego - LP: E. Stults 0 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks 6
Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: F. Rodriguez 4
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 8 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: Y. Pino 2
Kansas City - WP: B. Chen 7 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: S. Carroll 1
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi 7 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 2
Washington - WP: C. Stammen 7 FINAL
Colorado - LP: B. Brown 4
Detroit - LP: P. Coke 4 FINAL
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Oakland 2
Baltimore 4 Bottom 9th Inning
LA Angels 2
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