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June 16, 2016 | 9:45am ET
Wild continues to debate Vanek's future

Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and his staff are still analyzing their options as they look to retool their roster for the 2016-17 campaign.

As Fletcher evaluates how the team is going to afford to re-sign the likes of Jason Zucker, Matt Dumba and Darcy Kuemper, and what off-season additions the Wild could make, he's also debating buying out the contract of Thomas Vanek.

Vanek, 32, has one-year left on his contract that pays him $7.5 million, though his salary cap hit is $6.5 million.

As of yesterday, his agent, Steve Bartlett, was unaware of what the team will do.

"If Chuck knew he was going to buy him out by now, I think I would know by now," Bartlett told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Michael Russo. "I do think I have a good enough relationship that he'd give me the heads up. Now that doesn't mean that they couldn't decide something different between now and two weeks from now."

Many believe Vanek will be bought out, giving the team an extra $5 million in salary cap space next season, though adding $2.5 million to their cap in 2017-18.

Fletcher, if he buys out Vanek, will look to replace him up front via free agency or trade.


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