Thomas Vanek grew up idolizing Jaromir Jagr. Now Vanek, a veteran left wing, is going to make a playoff push alongside him.
Vanek was acquired Wednesday by the Florida Panthers, who sent defenseman Dylan McIlrath and a conditional third-round draft pick to the Detroit Red Wings in one of the N.H.L.'s bigger trade-deadline moves.
Vanek had a team-leading 15 goals for the Red Wings this season, along with 23 assists, and will bolster the Panthers' offense on their quest for the post
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