The Minnesota Wild have signed forward Thomas Vanek to a 3-year deal worth, $6.5 million per season an NHL source confirmed with ESPN The Magazine. The deal also includes a no-trade clause, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.
In ESPN The Magazine's Transactions Issue, Steve Wulf writes that when Michael Del Zotto was traded out of New York, there was one thing the defenseman refused to leave behind: his friendship with 12-year-old superfan Liam Traynor.
Jussi Jokinen has an influential role on Pittsburgh's roster, and it's looking like he could be a part of something big for the Penguins, who now have a 3-1 series lead on the Rangers, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.
One month ago, it was unimaginable that Kris Letang would play this postseason after suffering a stroke earlier in the season. Now the Penguins defenseman is on his way back to being an impact player, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.
If the Wild can be the same Wild who kept an even keel and always seemed to find a way to settle back into an effective style of play against the Avalanche, it could get interesting in this series, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.