Elliotte Friedman was on the radio in Vancouver today and said that at one point this summer he had heard that the Rangers were "really interested" in Thomas Vanek. (Today's Slapshot)
Friedman adds that he thinks Vanek was interested in the Rangers but that things "fell through for whatever reason." (Today's Slapshot)
Vanek, 33, signed with Vancouver for one-year and $2 million recently.
He had 17 goals and 31 assists for Detroit and Florida last season. Detroit received Dylan McIlrath as part of the package for Vanek.
Adam Rotter: Vanek isn't the player who turned down a reported 7-year deal from the Islanders for $50 million but is still a pretty good offensive producer. He has at times left a lot to be desired with his commitment and has never been the playoff performer that someone of his skill set could likely be.
If he were a center, and not a winger, it would have been an interesting move for the Rangers as a cheap option, but I can't see how they ever would have gone close to $2 million. The Rangers have a lot of options on the wing with guys like Pavel Buchnevich and Jimmy Vesey looking for bigger roles but Vanek, even as a winger, could have been an interesting top-nine/PP type of forward for somewhere around the $1.1 million they gave to Brandon Pirri last year.