Who Could Be had on the Market?
Before I talk about free agency, I do want to address the 2 UFA’s I left off the re-sign list. First, Mikko Koivu. He will likely retire if not I’ll resign him 1 year for cheap to fight for a 4th line center role.
Second, Alex Galchenyuk. I would rather let Galchenyuk walk to free up that 4 million to acquire a free agent. I know he got a lot of second chances but I think letting him go to free agency where maybe a team like the Senators or Red Wings sign him and he gets a top 6 role. I just don’t think Minnesota is a good place for him. If Galchenyuk has a strong postseason I could see Guerin give Galchenyuk one more chance, but it will have to be cheap.
Anthony Cirelli RFA (C)
If the Wild don’t make a trade for a huge number one center Cirelli is a wonderful option for the Wild, but it will have to cost them. The 22-year-old center recorded 16 goals, 28 assists, and 44 points in 68 games. He is capable of producing more, his defense is also a very strong asset. He is a guy many teams would love to get their hands on. You can go two ways with this, like most things.
You put in an offer sheet of a 5 year AAV of $5.000M on Cirelli. Let’s say this year’s offer sheet compensation is the same as last year, in that case, the Wild will have to give up a 2021 1st and a 2021 3rd for the 22-year-old center Anthony Cirelli.
Whatever it may be, the Wild need Cirelli in the starting line-up.
Mattias Janmark UFA (C)
I was debating between Janmark and his teammate Radek Faksa. Both would provide solid depth as a center and would mainly fill in as a 4th line center alongside LW Marcus Foligno and RW Ryan Hartman.