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Wild winger Thomas Vanek reportedly involved in money laundering scheme

Minnesota's star winger could see his legal problems escalate even further.

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Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek's off-ice problems might have just gotten a lot worse.

The Wild's newest winger is reportedly involved in a money-laundering scheme related to the federal gambling investigation he was implicated in over the summer. The news broke when a New York-based bookkeeper named Mark Ruff pleaded guilty to running a gambling ring in Rochester. His plea included an admission that Ruff's $230,000 gambling debt was paid in full with a paycheck from the New York Islanders.

Vanek was traded to the Islanders in October of 2013, and the payment was made in the brief period Vanek was on Long Island. The veteran winger previously played in Buffalo and Rochester and testified in front of a grand jury over the summer about his alleged role in the Rochester gambling ring.

It's important to note that Ruff's attorney did not specify that Vanek was involved, but merely said he was surprised Vanek's agent denied his client's hands were clean of any crimes.