We’re looking around the division and see what the Hawks’ competition has done since the 2021 season ended. We started with the Arizona Coyotes and have also looked at the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars.
Now let’s look at the Minnesota Wild.
- Expansion Draft: Carson Soucy
- Key Losses: Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Marcus Johansson, Nick Bonino, Ian Cole, Kyle Rau
- Key Additions: Frederick Gaudreau, Alex Goligoski, Dmitry Kulikov, Jon Merrill
- 2021-22 Cap Space: $13,114,745
The Wild bought out Parise and Suter, the two biggest contracts in franchise history. They’ll hit the books for the next six years in Minnesota, but the moves open roster space for others — and create cap space for a potentially major addition via trade later (read: Jack Eichel).
The additions of Goligoski and Kulikov add veteran depth to the blue line but neither figures to replace with Suter meant to the Wild on the ice. They’re still waiting in the weeds for a big trade to become available.
What Does It Mean?
Nothing. None of this means anything if the Wild cannot re-sign restricted free agent forward Kirill Kaprizov. They were an interesting team last year that decided to clean up their roster in dramatic fashion. The buyouts of Parise and Suter created more cap flexibility but the need to keep Kaprizov is paramount.