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  • Minnesota Wild showing interest in Vincent Trocheck, per report


    The NHL trade deadline is just days away, and rumors regarding the Minnesota Wild are anything but scarce. One rumor that has a lot of fans in Minnesota talking is the Wild’s reported interest in Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck.

    On Tuesday, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic listed the Wild as a team to watch on the Trochek front. Wednesday, The Athletic’s Micheal Russo expanded on LeBrun’s report on the most recent installment of The Russo-Souhan Show:

    Trocheck is an interesting player. The 26-year-old is just two years removed from a 31-goal, 75-point campaign for the Panthers, and while he is having somewhat of a “down” year, he remains one of Florida’s more dangerous players in the offensive zone.

    Moving Jonas Brodin in order to acquire Trocheck, though, would be a tough pill for many to swallow. Brodin, also 26, is in the midst of his best season as a pro — he has already tied his career high in assists (22) and is on pace to shatter his previous career high of 25 points. Brodin has become a reliable presence on Minnesota’s blue line, and his inexpensive contract makes him a particularly attractive commodity.

    That said, Trocheck is on a pretty manageable contract of his own. At an AAV of $4,750,000 for two more years beyond the 2019-20 season, the Pittsburgh native could be one of the better bargains in hockey if he returns to his near-point-per-game form.

    What say you? Would you trade Jonas Brodin for Vincent Trocheck?

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