Michael Russo of The Athletic: An offseason to-do record for Minnesota Wild GM Invoice Guerin.
Re-sign Kirill Kaprizov, Kevin Fiala and Joel Eriksson Ek – All three are 24 and pending RFAs. Fiala and Eriksson Ek are arbitration eligible. A bridge deal for Kaprizov doesn’t make a lot sense.
It’s believed that Kaprizov acquired an eight-year supply from the Wild at over $8 million per season. His agent Paul Theofanous could also be trying extra money or a shorter time period. The Wild might not need to go within the $10 million vary now.
Can’t see the Wild providing Fiala a seven- or eight-year contract. It wouldn’t be a shock if the Wild check what worth Fiala has on the commerce market to see if he may get a major return. May he assist land a prime middle?
- Michael Russo: Pending RFA Kevin Fiala on his contract negotiations: “I need to win right here. Let’s see what occurs.”
Cope with the Zach Parise scenario – Parise is 36-years previous with 4 years left on his contract at $7.5 million per season. He was a wholesome scratch on the finish of the season and for 3 playoff video games. May he settle for a a lot lesser position with the crew? May they discover a commerce associate?
A buyout would price a cap hit of roughly $2.37 million, $6.37 million, $7.37 million for 2 years, after which $833,333 for 4 years.
Cope with the Seattle growth draft – Relying on which route the Wild go (7-3-1 or eight skaters – and if no one waives their NMC), they may lose one among Matt Dumba, Carson Soucy, Jordan Greenway, Marcus Foligno, Ryan Hartman, Nico Sturm, Victor Rask, Kaapo Kahkonen or Cam Talbot.
Guerin could also be keen to ship a draft choose over prospects to Kraken GM Ron Francis to not choose Kahkonen or Talbot. Does Guerin attempt to defend Dumba or look to commerce him earlier than the growth draft? Dumba’s 10-team no-trade record kicks in on July twenty eighth.
- Michael Russo: Dumba stated that he talked with GM Guerin morning and that it went properly. Guerin stated that he hopes he doesn’t lose him within the growth draft nor commerce him.
- Murray Pam: The Wild could also be pressured to commerce Dumba except one among Brodin, Spurgeon or Suter waives their no-movement clause.
To get a middle or not? The Wild want a middle or two in the event that they need to be a contender. Do they go after Jack Eichel or Evgeny Kuznetsov? The UFA market has Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Derek Stepan.
A commerce for Eichel might price Dumba, Fiala or somebody like Greenway, and a first-round choose. The Sabres might desire a middle or a prime prospect in any Eichel deal. The Sabres handed on Marco Rossi on the 2020 NHL draft.
Kuznetsov most likely doesn’t make sense as Guerin is making an attempt to construct crew tradition.
The Wild will seemingly at the least communicate to pending UFAs in Nick Bonino, Ian Cole, Nick Bjugstad and Marcus Johansson.