Thomas Vanek said he wouldn't call his first season with the Wild "a horrible year."
"I'm not going to say I was pumped about it, but with what I was dealing with not being healthy, bouncing around lines, having to be more of a playmaker than I've ever been, I still hit 20 goals and 50 points," he said. "But it certainly wasn't where I would like to be. My goal is to have 30-plus goals."
Vanek's 21 goals and 52 points in 80 games were the lowest output of his 10-year NHL career in a non-lockout season. So were his five power-play goals and 171 shots.
Vanek said there were reasons:
The 31-year-old winger played...