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    Thomas Williams

    Your daily dose of Wild news, along with other interesting stories from around the NHL.

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    • The 2023 NHL Entry Draft is rapidly approaching next Wednesday and Thursday, and one player that the Minnesota Wild might want to target and could possibly move up in the draft for, is Oliver Moore. [Hockey Wilderness]
    • Five players that the Wild could definitely trade this offseason as they continue their pursuit to get better with a heavily restricted financial situation. [BMTS]
    • Marcus Johansson's strengths have been an asset in his second time around with the Wild. So much so that it earned him a contract extension. [THN]

    Off the trail...

    • Well, all it took was five games and a Game 5 blowout at that for the Vegas Golden Knights to be crowned Stanley Cup Champions over the Florida Panthers. The unpredictable Final has come to a close and after we have seen historic teams and wild finishes over the regular season and playoffs, we won't see NHL action until the fall. [ESPN]
    • Jonathan Marchessault earned the Conn Smythe as playoffs MVP after leading the whole thing in scoring. [NBC Sports]
    • One team that was expected to make it at least to their Conference Final was the Edmonton Oilers. So, what should they do this offseason? [THN]
    • The old coach carousel is turning once again as the New York Rangers announced on Tuesday the hiring of Peter Laviolette as their head coach. [CBS Sports]

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    Note to Moderators- The main content articles have the comments sections turned off. Please fix this issue. Tony and Hein's articles are both blocked and are both interesting content for comments. 

    Also, it would be nice to be able to turn some comments green again.

    Thank you

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    1 hour ago, Up North Guy said:

    Is the comments being turned off a company thing? I found the same thing on Twins Daily.

    This sounds like a site wide bug. I'm sure the crack team of exterminators is on this currently! But, I'm a needy detail guy, and need an update!

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    So, who were the 5 tradeable guys?

    • Addison
    • Goligoski
    • Foligno
    • Rossi
    • Duhaime

    Out of the list, as a team on a budget, I would suggest Duhaime is the least likely to be dealt followed by Rossi, though Rossi has some better trade value I'd think. 

    Duhaime's stats scream vet minimum-$1m on a 2 year deal. I think he offers the team value, and value is what we need for the next 2 years. 

    I think Goligoski is going to be a tough one. A better suggestion is to simply convince him retirement is his best option, and he can, maybe, pull Selanne and just play half a year for a club. 

    I was surprised not to see Zuccarello on the list.

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    Zuccarello did just nearly score 25 goals and 70 points...

    Not saying I love the cost or what he brings to playoff hockey given his age but I like saying Kaprizov and the Norwegian Hobbit. 

    Being the final year of his deal and considering the tepid demand for little Euro guys it's probably not gonna turn into much for the Wild in a trade. They'd probably get the best value by keeping him with #97. Then at the trade deadline perhaps he could be moved or just play it out with MN.

    That's one of the weird Fentonisms that kinda didn't go as bad as it looked prior to Kaprizov. Which doesn't really excuse Fenton for me. I simply don't think little Euro guys are where it's at for NHL roster construction.

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    44 minutes ago, Protec said:

    Zuccarello did just nearly score 25 goals and 70 points...

    I would think that this sort of production would be a welcomed addition to several teams. I'd also think that $6m in cap space could be pretty useful. 

    If we do trade for the center, like PLD or someone in that salary class, I'd think Zuccarello or Spurgeon would have to be the sacrificed contract. I think we can replace Zuccarello easier than we can replace Spurgeon at this time. 


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