It’s time for “Gone Wild” the weekly mailbag here at Gone Puck Wild. I’ll try my best to give you the answers that you are seeking on topics surrounding the Minnesota Wild. Let’s get down to business.
The most attractive asset the Wild have on the trade market is defenseman, Jared Spurgeon. The new general manager will have to decide if they are going to press on with the current core to try to reach the postseason and start a new streak of playoff appearances; Or if they are going to tear down the roster. If the new general manager opts to press on with the current core extending Spurgeon is likely priority number one. My guess is it would look like seven years for at $48 million or six for $42.5. Somewhere in that range will likely get the deal done for the Wild and Spurgeon.
If the new general manager opts to tear down the current roster the most attractive asset he has at his disposal is Spurgeon. My guess is the Wild could get a first round pick and a player for the underrated defeseman. My guess is the new general manager would try and get a talented, young winger with a pick in any deal for Spurgeon.
I’m very much in the minority, but I don’t think the Wild need to nuke this roster. I think they have a nice mix of veterans and promising young talent on the roster. So, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Ron Hextall’s reported plan to tear apart the roster and to be contending again in four years. My pick would be Bill Guerin, the current assistant general manger for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Kaprizov to The State of Hockey in 2020! Different sport, but remember how excited the state of Minnesota got when Ricky Rubio arrived to play for the Timberwolves? Imagine how crazy The State of Hockey is going to be when Kaprizov arrives next season (hopefully).