Panthers arm for playoff push by getting forward Vanek from Red Wings

Red Wings send Vanek to Panthers

Thomas Vanek is on the move again.

A person with direct knowledge of the deal has confirmed to The Associated Press that the Detroit Red Wings have reached an agreement to trade the veteran forward to the Florida Panthers for defenceman Dylan McIlgrath.

 The person spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the teams had not yet announced the deal.

Vanek gives the Panthers add a high-scoring veteran forward in their bid to make a late-season playoff push. He signed a one-year deal with Detroit last summer.

Vanek has been a trade deadline acquisition before. The Montreal Canadiens acquired him from the New York Islanders before their 2014 run to the Eastern Conference final.

The Associated Press

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