The deal is reasonable, too. Some thought he'd want more years than the Wild were willing to give. Looks like that wasn't the case. We're better now and we retain our flexibility for later.
The deal is way more than reasonable, its a steal. In a scenario where every team in the league is a contender, every.single.team. signs him for that deal. Not even a year before signing this 3 year $18.5 mill contract, he rejected two 5 year, $37.5 mill contracts. The Wild is where he wanted to play, and it had been evident in the NHL for nearly two years. The two max contracts he turned down (Buffalo and NYI) just made it even more obvious that he was going to sign at discount price for the Wild. However, part of the cost of the Vanek contract, is the Pominville contract. Without Pominville, Vanek may not have taken such a discount. The Pominville contract, in no ways is bad, but he is signed into his late 30's, much like Parise and Suter are.
Less than two years ago, the Wild were considered to have the best prospects in the NHL, and now those prospects are players on the team, and will all need contracts. Having so much money tied into players who are signed into their late 30's, is already having an affect on the direction of the team, as two quality young guys in Kuemper and Nino are attempting to negotiate contracts, and it has been a very, long, drawn out process with both.
Meanwhile, absolute blue chip young guys...Coyle/Granlund/Brodin will need to eventually be extended. We are not keeping all of Nino/Granlund/Coyle/Brodin/Kuemper, and to a lesser extent, Haula, with the contracts we have on the team now. It is the price to pay.
But...can you really turn down Pominville and Vanek at those extremely fair prices?
I have said for a long time, that Minnesota fans, and that means all sports, not just the Wild, have been trained to always think about the future...and the future never comes, or it results in early playoff exits.
The Wild are going against the grain with Minnesota fans, and it is great. We will lose a great young guy or two. but this team, from the players, to the management, to the ownership wants to win right now. And I find it refreshing. No thinking about the future with this team. This team is built to win right now. It may come at the expense of losing a gem, but the ultimate goal is a championship, and this team is good enough to do it.
Now...is there something we can do about the goaltending situation?