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Thomas Vanek signs one-year contract with Red Wings

Left wing was bought out by Wild on June 24, scored 18 goals last season

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Left wing Thomas Vanek and the Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms on a one-year contract Friday.

The contract is worth $2.6 million, according to TSN.

The Minnesota Wild bought out the final year of Vanek's contract on June 24, giving the veteran an opportunity to sign as an unrestricted free agent Friday. He scored 39 goals and had 93 points with a minus-16 rating in 154 games over his two seasons with the Wild. He had 18 goals and 41 points last season after scoring 21 goals and 52 points in 2014-15.

Vanek, 32, never turned out to be the player the Wild were hoping for when they signed him to a three-year, $19.5 million contract July 1, 2014. He played at the University of Minnesota and was selected in the first round (No. 5) of the 2003 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.

In 817 career NHL games spanning 11 seasons with the Sabres, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens and Wild, Vanek has 316 goals and 649 points. He will represent Team Europe in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

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