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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/4/2022 3:56:16 PM   
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Among the topics I discussed with SMF yesterday

-Guys who score 30+ goals and average over a point a game are damn hard to find, no matter what Souhan says.

-Trade Dumbo (no brainer)

-Trade Spurgeon. Yes even SMF is ready to move his favorite player. Not the player he used to be and has a very expensive contract.

-We both love Ryan Hartman, but he is no way, no how a #1 center. They NEED to address this.

-All in all Billy is kind of losing his shine with us.

-And for God's sake, don't bring back Flower.

Agree on all, still miss that guy.

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/4/2022 4:01:26 PM   
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Among the topics I discussed with SMF yesterday

-Guys who score 30+ goals and average over a point a game are damn hard to find, no matter what Souhan says.

-Trade Dumbo (no brainer)

-Trade Spurgeon. Yes even SMF is ready to move his favorite player. Not the player he used to be and has a very expensive contract.

-We both love Ryan Hartman, but he is no way, no how a #1 center. They NEED to address this.

-All in all Billy is kind of losing his shine with us.

-And for God's sake, don't bring back Flower.

Agree on all, still miss that guy.

Yup, we lost a good one when he left the site.
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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/4/2022 4:02:33 PM   
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To be honest, I think Dumba's value may be higher at the trade deadline later during the season than it is now.
But, I think Addison can take the spot next to Brodin and eliminate some of those "Dumbo plays" and add some offense too. Moving him and his contract before season would be preferred.

Unless the Wild need to package him with picks to get a veteran centre. Dumbo is just as likely to decrease his value during the season.

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/4/2022 5:36:53 PM   
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To be honest, I think Dumba's value may be higher at the trade deadline later during the season than it is now.
But, I think Addison can take the spot next to Brodin and eliminate some of those "Dumbo plays" and add some offense too. Moving him and his contract before season would be preferred.

Unless the Wild need to package him with picks to get a veteran centre. Dumbo is just as likely to decrease his value during the season.

Very true. If BG could package him with some later round picks for a veteran center that will fit into our cap it would be ideal.
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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/4/2022 5:58:26 PM   
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To be honest, I think Dumba's value may be higher at the trade deadline later during the season than it is now.
But, I think Addison can take the spot next to Brodin and eliminate some of those "Dumbo plays" and add some offense too. Moving him and his contract before season would be preferred.

Unless the Wild need to package him with picks to get a veteran centre. Dumbo is just as likely to decrease his value during the season.

Very true. If BG could package him with some later round picks for a veteran center that will fit into our cap it would be ideal.

I think it take Dumbo and at least one the firsts to get a top flight centre.

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/4/2022 6:16:50 PM   
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To be honest, I think Dumba's value may be higher at the trade deadline later during the season than it is now.
But, I think Addison can take the spot next to Brodin and eliminate some of those "Dumbo plays" and add some offense too. Moving him and his contract before season would be preferred.

Unless the Wild need to package him with picks to get a veteran centre. Dumbo is just as likely to decrease his value during the season.

Very true. If BG could package him with some later round picks for a veteran center that will fit into our cap it would be ideal.

I think it take Dumbo and at least one the firsts to get a top flight centre.

Problem is top flight centers are rarely traded and we can't afford any of the top free agents. I'd love to see them trade Dumba, but finding a trade partner could be the problem.
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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/5/2022 8:08:09 AM   
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Here are the top Minnesota prospects in this week's NHL draft

There are three Minnesotans in the top 20 North Americans in the rankings — and all of them have committed to play college hockey for the Gophers.
By Sarah McLellan Star Tribune JULY 5, 2022 — 7:36AM

NHL Central Scouting ranks players eligible for the draft in four ways — European skaters, North American skaters, European goaltenders and American goaltenders. Here are the top-ranked Minnesotans in the North American rankings.

Rank Player, pos. Ht., wt. Hometown Last team College commitment

11 Jimmy Snuggerud, RW 6-1, 188 Chaska U.S. development team Gophers

18 Ryan Chesley, D 6-0, 201 Mahtomedi U.S. development team Gophers

19 Sam Rinzel, D 6-4, 180 Chanhassen Chaska HS Gophers

41 Cruz Lucius, RW 6-1, 184 Grant U.S. development team Wisconsin

63 Alex Bump, LW 6-0, 195 Prior Lake Prior Lake HS Vermont

64 Zam Plante, C 5-10, 165 Hermantown Hermantown HS Minnesota Duluth

67 Tristan Sarsland, D 6-0, 182 Wayzata Benilde-St. Margaret's Clarkson

97 Daimon Gardner, C 6-4, 200 Warroad Warroad HS Clarkson

125 Leo Gruba, D 6-1, 202 Lake Elmo Hill-Murray HS St. Cloud State

129 Dylan Godbout, LW 5-10, 183 Woodbury Hill-Murray HS Wisconsin

132 Aaron Pionk, D 6-0, 165 Hermantown Wilderness (NAHL) Minnesota State Mankato

144 Nick Pierre, LW 5-8, 170 Cottage Grove Sioux City (USHL) Wisconsin

168 Luke Mittelstadt, D 5-11, 175 Eden Prairie Madison (USHL) Gophers

178 Gavin O'Connell, C 5-11, 180 Wayzata Waterloo (USHL) Minnesota Duluth

200 Maddox Fleming, C 5-11, 182 Rochester Sioux Falls (USHL) Notre Dame

208 Tyler Haskins, LW 6-1, 195 Rochester Madison (USHL) Michigan

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/5/2022 8:09:26 AM   
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I have seen a couple of mocks that have Snuggerud going to the Wild.

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/5/2022 8:24:11 AM   
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What will the Minnesota Wild defensive corps look like next year?
by Benjamin Richardson

Going into next season, the Minnesota Wild will likely have of eight defensemen in the mix to make the NHL roster: Jared Spurgeon, Jonas Brodin, Matt Dumba, Jake Middleton (RFA), Alex Goligoski, Dmitry Kulikov, Jon Merrill, and Calen Addison.

Spurgeon, Brodin, Dumba, and Middleton are essentially all locks to get big minutes and will likely be in top-four roles. Goligoski, Kulikov, and Merrill are all grizzled vets looking to keep themselves in the lineup rather than in the press box. Addison will be looking once again to make a good impression in training camp in hopes of finally making the NHL roster on a full-time basis.

The list will likely be dwindled down to seven, with one of the three veterans serving as a healthy scratch and possibly rotating in with the other two defensemen. If Addison makes the team out of camp, it will only be in a role where he is playing consistently as it doesn’t do any good for a young player to be spending most of his season as a healthy scratch.

So, who gets the boot?

Barring major injuries to any of these players, the most likely scenarios would involve either a Kulikov trade or Addison returning once again to the Iowa Wild (AHL).

Considering Goligoski just signed a two-year extension in March and Merrill a three-year extension in January, both are likely to not be traded or moved in any way. This is especially the case with Goligoski, who holds a full no-move clause in his contract.

This leaves Kulikov as a player with a strong realistic possibility of being traded. Although Kulikov has an eight team. no-move clause, they should still be able to ship him off for a low draft pick considering his modest cap hit of $2.25 million for just one more season.

There has also been growing concern that Wild management may not see a future for Addison in the NHL the way that many have hoped.

The argument made by some is that the Wild have one of the smaller defensive groups in the NHL and Addison would only make it smaller. The recent acquisition of hard-nosed University of Minnesota prospect, Brock Faber. may be a signal that either Addison doesn’t fit into their future plans or that they want him in a bottom pair role until Faber is ready.

The Wild could also go the traditional route of having a training camp competition by using the extra bodies as motivation to get the most out of each player.

At the end of camp, a significant decision would then need to be made to cut the number down to seven.

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/5/2022 8:32:44 AM   
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Prospects the Wild could select at 19th overall

There is a wide array of talent potentially available with the pick from the Kevin Fiala trade.

By Thomas P. Williams

The 2022 NHL Draft is just around the corner, less than a week away, and scouts will have their entire year of work come to fruition with just a handful of draft picks made by their employers. Luckily for the Minnesota Wild, because of the Kevin Fiala trade that happened earlier, Judd Brackett, the team’s head of amateur scouting, will have another first-rounder to play with.

There should be still some mighty fine prospects available at 19th overall and some of these players could hopefully benefit the Wild at the right time and build upon the core that GM Bill Guerin is trying to slowly build around the current team. Here are some names to look out for on Thursday night when the Wild make the first of their two picks.

D Denton Mateychuk
Mateychuk has been described in almost everything written about him as an electric blueliner that has this aching desire to be involved in every play. This season for the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors, it felt like he had possession of the puck almost every other second while he was on the ice. Driving play at both ends of the ice and being the most active of active defensemen.

There are essentially four CHL defensemen that are slotted to go anywhere from top-10 to late in the first round: Owen Pickering, Kevin Korchinski, Pavel Mintyukov, and Mateychuk. Pickering is a swift 6-foot-5 defender that some teams will drool over, Korchinski has top-tier passing ability, and Mintyukov has been just very very good. It might be a toss up between all four, but since Mateychuk might not have the size that some teams like, some scouts are projecting that he will be the fourth selected out of that group. This is where Minnesota can come in and swoop up a very skilled blueliner. Since this team is so dam good at developing these agile defenders that stand under 6-foot into NHL defensemen, maybe Mateychuk is someone Brackett already has circled as a potential pick.


The only issue would be if you want to determine that the Wild already have too many prospects on the blue line. With the addition of Brock Faber in the Fiala trade, and players like Carson Lambos, Ryan O’Rourke, Jack Peart, and Daemon Hunt in the system, adding another one could either solidify the future Wild blue line as being potentially the best in the whole world, or just overkill and not necessarily as exciting as selecting a center we can rest our hopes and dreams on. That’s just personal preference, but Mateychuk might be too good to pass on just because our dream 2026-27 lineup has more focus on the forward lines.

RW Danila Yurov
With the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Russian players being able to actually leave the country — especially considering Philadelphia Flyers goaltender prospect Ivan Fedotov was recently detained for trying to do exactly that — some rumors and reports that NHL clubs are cautious about drafting Russian prospects in the draft, are starting to get louder and louder. There is no end really in sight and if some teams don’t want to go through the international hassle of getting a young player to come to North America, they might just opt to go the “safer” route and select a non-Russian player.


Well, Danila Yurov is certainly one prospect that should by all accounts and statistics go in the top-15 of the draft, but might just fall into another team’s lap that doesn’t mind taking that risk. Strictly on the ice, Yurov is a dream. He already is a strong, two-way winger that has some size standing at 6-foot-1 and plenty of top-tier experience with 21 games played in the KHL this season. He did not put up any points during that stretch, but he hardly played — typical for KHL clubs to do that to teenagers. While in the MHL junior league, he was an intense scoring threat while also being responsible. Yurov scored 13 goals and 36 points in just 23 games, which is more than our very own Kirill Kaprizov did in his draft year.

It will be one of the interesting stories surrounding Thursday night, but whatever team selects Yurov is either fine taking that risk and selecting him in the top-20, or taking advantage of teams being cautious and grabbing him way later than he should be. Maybe the Wild will be that team with either of their first-round picks.

LW Isaac Howard
One of the several prospects from the U.S. National Development Program that should be taken in the first 45 picks or so, Howard is one of the more mobile forwards in the entire draft class and will forecheck like a madman — which seems like a perfect fit if the Wild keep on playing their current style of hockey. He managed to score 33 goals and 82 points in 60 games for the program and was the motor behind fellow top prospect Frank Nazar’s creativity. It could be said that Howard created the space on the ice for linemate Nazar to dazzle scouts with his stickhandling and agility that should earn him the top-20 selection.

Not only can Howard skate well and play in a strong system, but he is one of the top shooters in this draft as well. It might not be the standard mid-range snipes that we have come to know from watching teenagers play this sport, but Howard will crash the net and generate boatloads of chances, enough to have some of the highest individual expected goals rate in the class.


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Howard does feel like a very typical Minnesota pick, anyway. Where he played, his playstyle currently, not being the most skilled player but most likely will make it to the professional level; it’s just a Wild pick, and considering that Judd Brackett has two chances in the first 24 picks to get a good one, Howard might be the easy decision.

C/RW Brad Lambert
What will not be an easy decision is if any team selects Brad Lambert in the first round. Lambert was heralded as a top-3 pick for most of last year, but as more scouts watched more of him and as he played more into his draft year, his ranking slowly lowered down into the mid-to-late-first range. From everything that is said about Lambert, he appears to have all the talent in the world — a beautiful, mature skater that can shoot the puck and has some capable passing ability — but just doesn’t seem to have it all together right now. It is an issue of awareness and doing all those necessary little things on the ice to determine if he is a projectable NHLer.

Again, it’s probably easier to take Lambert if you have two kicks at the can like the Wild do, but it will be a lot of work for any development staff to try and hone in the player and make him increase that on-ice intelligence level. Considering the Wild don’t really have any top-tier prospects beyond Marco Rossi at forward, maybe this is a pick to try and solidify that position since they already have piles of defensemen and a goaltender that by all accounts should make it.

F Jagger Firkus
Jagger Firkus — his incredible name and all — is on the rise and doing an anti-Lambert. The Moose Jaw Warriors forward has scored 80 points in 66 games on a decent team. Firkus has demonstrated an innate ability to create offense from anywhere in the zone and can shoot the damn puck. He doesn’t need loads of room to get his shot off, which made him hard to defend and that is evident considering he got most of his 33 goals this season from high-danger and congested areas on the ice.

For the Wild, this would continue their recent trend of drafting out of the WHL with consistency. Whether it’s Lambos, Hunt, Kyle Masters, Caedan Bankier, Josh PIllar, or Pavel Novak, these two drafts with Brackett running the show, has been extremely WHL heavy. Nabbing Firkus would just be the cherry on top and might solidify the predictability for Minnesota’s drafting strategy. It would also be fun to have a prospect named Jagger.

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/5/2022 5:17:13 PM   
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Some good info, thanks for posting it.
We should get a couple of very good prospects in the first round it looks like. I sure hope they stay away from any Russian players. It took forever to get Kirill here and now we don't know for sure if he will even be able to come back for next season.
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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/6/2022 9:38:41 AM   
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A few more potentials:

19. Minnesota Wild (via Los Angeles) – Liam Öhgren, LW, Djurgårdens (SWE J20)
Öhgren is one of my favourite players in the draft, one that is likely to go higher in the draft than Bob McKenzie’s final list would indicate. This Swedish winger tore up the Swedish J20 last year at an absurd pace while also playing SHL games and demonstrating his ability to translate his game to a professional environment. What makes Öhgren one of the best value picks this late in the draft is how reliable his projection to the NHL is — he’s almost certainly a lock to play in the show and do so in a third line capacity at least. But there’s real top six possibility here that I’m willing to bet he reaches due to how detailed his ability to find space is and how well he deceptively executes plays that benefit the whole team from within this space. Öhgren is a real 5v5 phenom that contenders want in their top six, and he’s one of the easiest picks you can make in this range with a smile on your face.

19. Wild (via Kings)
Frank Nazar, C/RW, USNTDP U-18


Speed and compete level are Nazar's strengths. His splendid skating and doggedness create scoring opportunities that he's able to convert with his wrist shot. He joins Matt Boldy and Marco Rossi as the ascendant young forwards Minnesota will count on to replace Kevin Fiala.

24. Wild
Ryan Chesley, D, USNTDP U-18


Chesley isn't flashy, but he's a reliable two-way defenseman and plays bigger than his 6-foot, 195-pound frame suggests. With Jared Spurgeon getting up there in age and Matt Dumba entering the final year of his deal, the Wild's blue line may need reinforcements on the right side soon - even after adding Brock Faber to the prospect pool.

19
GLEB TRIKOZOV
RW, Minnesota Wild


If this was a draft for best hockey name, Gleb Trikozov would definitely be at the top. On the ice, Trikozov has a really intriguing mix of size, speed and skill. He stands at 6-foot-1, but can burn players in transition with his speed and ability to shrug off a lot of defenders while driving into the offensive zone. But he isn’t just a long set of legs, Trikozov can shoot and pass with equal aplomb, making him a true dual-threat. Unfortunately, he can often be a non-entity in the defensive zone, and can be a problem when he isn’t as involved in the play as he could be: the prototypical power forward dilemma. Trikozov is best when he has a full head of steam and playing with confidence. With that, Trikozov could easily become a consistent middle-six option. However, he will need to work on his 200 foot game and consistency issues. Joshua Rosa

24JAGGER FIRKUS
RW, Minnesota Wild


Jagger Firkus’ strengths lie in playing with the puck on his stick. Firkus has a really good shot and possibly even better hands. He can routinely beat goalies with his shot, and can use his hands to put himself into great positions to use that shot. He even scored a Michigan goal as a member of the Moose Jaw Warriors. The other aspects of his game are okay. He isn’t an explosive player, or a great defender (something that will force him to be a winger in the NHL), but they aren’t major deficiencies. Sometimes Firkus can overestimate his abilities in attempting a highlight reel play which leads to a turnover, especially in his passing. More often than not, Firkus will attempt a pass that would have been incredible if he made it through the seam, but more often than not will lead to the puck going the other way. Once he gets a handle on his abilities and plays within his means, there is certainly NHL upside here. Joshua Rosa

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/6/2022 11:39:47 AM   
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What will the Minnesota Wild defensive corps look like next year?
by Benjamin Richardson

Going into next season, the Minnesota Wild will likely have of eight defensemen in the mix to make the NHL roster: Jared Spurgeon, Jonas Brodin, Matt Dumba, Jake Middleton (RFA), Alex Goligoski, Dmitry Kulikov, Jon Merrill, and Calen Addison.

Spurgeon, Brodin, Dumba, and Middleton are essentially all locks to get big minutes and will likely be in top-four roles. Goligoski, Kulikov, and Merrill are all grizzled vets looking to keep themselves in the lineup rather than in the press box. Addison will be looking once again to make a good impression in training camp in hopes of finally making the NHL roster on a full-time basis.

The list will likely be dwindled down to seven, with one of the three veterans serving as a healthy scratch and possibly rotating in with the other two defensemen. If Addison makes the team out of camp, it will only be in a role where he is playing consistently as it doesn’t do any good for a young player to be spending most of his season as a healthy scratch.

So, who gets the boot?

Barring major injuries to any of these players, the most likely scenarios would involve either a Kulikov trade or Addison returning once again to the Iowa Wild (AHL).

Considering Goligoski just signed a two-year extension in March and Merrill a three-year extension in January, both are likely to not be traded or moved in any way. This is especially the case with Goligoski, who holds a full no-move clause in his contract.

This leaves Kulikov as a player with a strong realistic possibility of being traded. Although Kulikov has an eight team. no-move clause, they should still be able to ship him off for a low draft pick considering his modest cap hit of $2.25 million for just one more season.

There has also been growing concern that Wild management may not see a future for Addison in the NHL the way that many have hoped.

The argument made by some is that the Wild have one of the smaller defensive groups in the NHL and Addison would only make it smaller. The recent acquisition of hard-nosed University of Minnesota prospect, Brock Faber. may be a signal that either Addison doesn’t fit into their future plans or that they want him in a bottom pair role until Faber is ready.

The Wild could also go the traditional route of having a training camp competition by using the extra bodies as motivation to get the most out of each player.

At the end of camp, a significant decision would then need to be made to cut the number down to seven.


Russo has been talking about it a ton....keep adding defenseman and eventually they will package them for needs. So much depth right now of defensemen.

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/6/2022 11:42:16 AM   
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Umm this could suck--Russia apparently took a player from Fletcher's team and had him report to the military base. There are some worries:

Michael Russo
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Regarding reports that Kirill Kaprizov is wanted in Russia for allegedly buying a military ID in 2017 and has returned to the United States, a #mnwild source says he is not in the U.S. Obviously this is a complicated story and I'm working to see if there's merit.

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/6/2022 6:03:08 PM   
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, #mnwild have re-signed Jake Middleton to a 3-year, $7.35 million contract ($2.45M AAV). Wild have $4,933,912 in cap space for a goalie (Fleury?) and two forwards (Rossi being one?)

I like this signing a lot. Middleton is a good get at a reasonable price.
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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/6/2022 6:14:37 PM   
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After signing Middleton our cap space is getting pretty low.
Might there be a Dumba trade coming tomorrow along with a pick to move up in the draft and free up cap space too?
We can only hope.....
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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/6/2022 9:54:18 PM   
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Michael Russo
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, #mnwild have re-signed Jake Middleton to a 3-year, $7.35 million contract ($2.45M AAV). Wild have $4,933,912 in cap space for a goalie (Fleury?) and two forwards (Rossi being one?)

I like this signing a lot. Middleton is a good get at a reasonable price.

I like Middleton too. Schematically, the Wild need more like him on defense. Collectively they are too light in the breezers along the blue line.

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/7/2022 10:34:19 AM   
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Kirill found out the hard way his allegiance to Russia at this time was very foolish.

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/7/2022 4:17:20 PM   
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What did he find out? He hasn't been detained to this point.

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/7/2022 5:10:40 PM   
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So far everything we have heard seems to be speculation, so nothing has been found out at this time.
There are a lot of Russian players back home spending time with family during the off season and they have every right to do so.
If they haven't fulfilled their military commitment in some way there is a chance they could be forced to do so now, we don't know.
Then again, Putin is a nut case, so nobody knows how he will treat these players until it happens.
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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/7/2022 6:10:31 PM   
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The Minnesota Wild signed goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a two-year deal, the team announced Thursday. The contract is worth $7 million.

The veteran put up a .908 save percentage across 56 regular-season games last year for the Wild and Blackhawks. He was traded to Minnesota by Chicago in March.

This story will be updated.

They just mentioned this to start the draft telecast and said if he retires after 1 season we have no cap hit on the 2nd year, so at least there is that.....

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/7/2022 7:46:01 PM   
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BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/7/2022 8:42:48 PM   
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#19 Liam Ohgren from Sweden. 6'1" 201 lbs.

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/7/2022 8:52:34 PM   
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Liam Öhgren, LW, Djurgårdens (SWE J20)
Öhgren is one of my favourite players in the draft, one that is likely to go higher in the draft than Bob McKenzie’s final list would indicate. This Swedish winger tore up the Swedish J20 last year at an absurd pace while also playing SHL games and demonstrating his ability to translate his game to a professional environment. What makes Öhgren one of the best value picks this late in the draft is how reliable his projection to the NHL is — he’s almost certainly a lock to play in the show and do so in a third line capacity at least. But there’s real top six possibility here that I’m willing to bet he reaches due to how detailed his ability to find space is and how well he deceptively executes plays that benefit the whole team from within this space. Öhgren is a real 5v5 phenom that contenders want in their top six, and he’s one of the easiest picks you can make in this range with a smile on your face.

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 7/7/2022 9:09:03 PM   
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Snuggerud got taken one slot before our second pick.

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