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Hockey Wilderness May 19, 2017
Wilderness Walk: Who Will Go?

Wilderness Walk: Who Will Go?

Trade(s) are coming this offseason. Things weren’t as quiet for the Wild this week as they had been in previous weeks since the season ended almost a month ago. After extended silence from Chuck Fletcher and Craig Leipold, both have been in the news this week, as they met with members of the media. Fletcher talked extensively with Michael Russo about what he needs to do this offseason, and Leipold shared his thoughts on the Martin Hanzal trade... Apparently he doesn’t think it worked out as well as he had anticipated. With rumors swirling this week that Fletcher is listening to calls...
Hockey Wilderness May 18, 2017
Ryan White was not the 4th line hero he was billed to be

Ryan White was not the 4th line hero he was billed to be

White came to Minnesota as a throw away peice in a trade to fill a void that wasn't there. The Minnesota Wild knew Ryan White for 19 regular season games and 3 playoff games this year. Yet the story of White and the Wild goes all the way back to 2011 when he would score his first NHL goal against the Wild on March 20th as part of the pinnacle in grinder/enforcer achievements, a Gordie Howe hat trick. Fast forward nearly 6 years and White would find himself as part of a trade that would send him and Martin Hanzal to the Wild in exchange for a couple draft picks nobody really wanted...
Hockey Wilderness May 17, 2017
Wild must be smart and get creative to make salary cap space for this offseason

Wild must be smart and get creative to make salary cap space for this offseason

I take a look at what the Wild's salary cap and the options they have for creating some much needed space. Just like the last few years, the Wild will struggle with the cap but is it impossible to make it work? The Wild currently have $61,558,591 invested in 31 contracts for the 2017-18 season. The biggest contracts they have left to sign are Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund who are both restricted free agents. Other contracts that are up, but secondary priorities, for the Wild are Christian Folin, Nate Prosser, Jordan Schroeder, Erik Haula and Martin Hanzal, who likely won’t return...
Five For Howling May 17, 2017
Could Nino Niederreiter be Shane Doan's potential replacement for Arizona?

Could Nino Niederreiter be Shane Doan's potential replacement for Arizona?

The Minnesota forward is reportedly being dangled for a trade as he's an RFA this year. Which is good news for Arizona - but is the cost too high? The Minnesota Wild were the last opponents for the Arizona Coyotes this season in the desert. Martin Hanzal scored on his return and the Coyotes lost 3-1 in what was a typical, flat season-ending dead rubber game. But this off-season has seen one of the Wild's key players, Nino Niederreiter, linked to trade rumors out of the State of Hockey as he's an RFA, with reports already having him offered around for a possible trade. Elliott Friedman...
Hockey Wilderness May 16, 2017
Martin Hanzal was effective in his short time with the Minnesota Wild

Martin Hanzal was effective in his short time with the Minnesota Wild

Brought in at the trade deadline, Martin Hanzal solidified the Wild’s center depth. Days before the trade deadline, the Minnesota Wild traded for Martin Hanzal and Ryan White with hopes that the extra center depth could help lead the team to a deep playoff run. The Wild were eliminated in the first round, but that doesn’t take anything away from Hanzal, who did everything that was asked of him well. In total, the Wild sent Grayson Downing, their 2017 1st round pick, their 2018 2nd round pick, and their 2019 4th round pick to the Arizona Coyotes for Hanzal, White, and the Coyotes 2019...
Hockey Wilderness May 11, 2017
If Minnesota can’t re-sign Hanzal, there are still options to retrieve some value

If Minnesota can’t re-sign Hanzal, there are still options to retrieve some value

The Wild have some serious cap situations that need to be addressed this offseason. In fact, the front office is likely hoping that the expansion draft will ease some of the committed dollars for next season. Not to mention, according to the Star Tribune, the Wild general manager will likely be looking to make a few deal this summer. This goes without mentioning the sizable raises that are due to future cornerstone players in Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund, who are both coming off career seasons. However, the Wild got better overnight when Fletcher swung a deal for Martin Hanzal just...
Hockey Wilderness Apr 28, 2017
The Minnesota Wild should want to keep Martin Hanzal. But can they?

The Minnesota Wild should want to keep Martin Hanzal. But can they?

The Wild probably feel they have their center situation secure, but it won’t be for long. Martin Hanzal is a very good hockey player. But he is quite an unremarkable player. He doesn’t wow you with a powerful shot or sublime puck skills. He doesn’t take over games with his speed. He doesn’t say things to the media that draw attention to himself or rock the boat. Based on those things, you wouldn’t think that Hanzal managed to be incredibly polarizing in his 7 weeks in a Minnesota Wild uniform. But he was. The Wild paid a massive price for Hanzal in late February, trading three...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Apr 25, 2017
Signs point to the Wild not re-signing Martin Hanzal

Signs point to the Wild not re-signing Martin Hanzal

Because of little cap space and inconsistent production, it seems unlikely the Wild will re-sign Martin Hanzal, the pending unrestricted free agent center the Wild acquired at the trade deadline. Hanzal recorded 13 points in 20 regular-season games with the Wild and netted a goal in the playoffs, but he said Tuesday he likely will […]

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