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  • Where Have Former Wild Players Gone in Free Agency?

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    Thomas Williams

    That's Wild

    Hockey business is hockey business and some members of the 2023-24 Minnesota Wild have found work elsewhere. Some players we are more emotionally tied to and hope for the best, and others we truly could not notice them leaving. 

    • First, Mason Shaw (who is part of that emotionally tied group, of course) has found new work across the border, for the Winnipeg Jets. It is just a one-year, two-way deal for some forward depth for the Jets, but hopefully he can make it work and find himself in a very solid bottom-six role up there. [Daily Faceoff]
    • Next, defenseman Dakota Mermis, who really has the Wild to thank for being able to continue his career after getting in some solid NHL time last season, has signed a similar one-year, two-way deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. We know that team could use some defense, and after finding Simon Benoit last year, maybe Mermis can be the same of the injury bug strikes to roughly four defensemen. [The Hockey News]
    • It's a little bit of old news, but former fan favorite Brandon Duhaime signed a two-year deal for the Washington Capitals as they are aiming to actually make the playoffs this year. [Sportsnet]
    • And finally, Pat Maroon gets to spend more time around highly skilled players as he signs a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks. Good for him still sticking around. [NHL.com]

    Off the trail...

    • The five most-improved teams so far in the 2024 offseason. [The Hockey News]
    • Jessica Campbell becomes the NHL's first full-time female coach after being hired by the Seattle Kraken as an assistant coach. [Sportsnet]
    • The Carolina Hurricanes lost a fair bit of players in free agency, but they are slowly restocking the roster with their latest signing, scooping up center Jack Roslovic. [NBC Sports]

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    I thought for a 2-way deal, resigning Shaw would be good for both Wild teams. While he lost a step last year, it's the 2nd year after an ACL that you look for. I think this was a serious mistake, and for a fringe 4th liner, that's a bold statement.

    Shaw embodied the sacrifice and effort players need to have and that prospects need to grasp. His never quit attitude was contagious. I think the organization will miss him. However, does he make the Winnipeg roster? I doubt it, which means he will likely be a waiver candidate.

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