The Detroit Red Wings are continuing to tear down their team by shipping forward Thomas Vanek off to the Florida Panthers.
The Detroit Red Wings have traded forward Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers for Dylan McIlrath and a 3rd round pick in 2017. Detroit will retain 50% of Vanek’s remaining salary.
Vanek to FLA for a third-rounder. I don't think trade call yet, but that's what we're looking at
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 1, 2017
Vanek, a pending unrestricted free agent, has 15 goals and 38 points this season with the Detroit Red Wings.
Vanek was drafted fifth overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 2003 and spent his first eight seasons with the club. However, Vanek has played on four different teams since being traded by the Sabres during the 2013-14 season. Florida will mark his fifth destination in six seasons.
McIlrath, 24, was selected 10th overall in the 2010 NHL draft by the New York Rangers. He owns one goal in six games with the Panthers this season. He’s scored one goal and added three assists in 18 games with the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds this season. He was traded to the Panthers in November for defenceman Steven Kampfer and a conditional seventh-round pick.