Minnesota Wild Trade Targets: Forwards

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Feb 17, 2015; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders goalie Chan Johnson (30) stops the shot by Carolina Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty (19) during the 2nd period at PNC Arena. The New York Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Jiri Tlusty, left wing

6’0”, 209 lbs

March 16, 1988

Average Annual Value: $2,950,000

Jiri Tlusty can provide good scoring depth for a team making a run for, and in, the playoffs. His best season was the lockout-shortened 2012-13, where he tallied 38 points (23 goals, 15 assists) in 48 games.

He would be more of a Zucker replacement (despite the disparity in speed) than a Cooke/Carter penalty-killing fill-in.

The price for Tlusty is probably pretty high, especially as a rental. But should General Manager Chuck Fletcher get creative, he could add essential scoring depth to the Wild lineup.