It’s Deadline Day! While we expect the Minnesota Wild to have a quieter deadline, we’ll keep up with rumors and news surrounding potential and official moves relating to the Wild here.
To ensure this post isn’t completely void of information early in the day, we’re including the only trade in the Regular Season thus far, and the rumors and theories the Wild were connected to.
April 12th, 2 PM
Doesn’t appear the Minnesota Wild will make a move prior to the deadline. Guerin had been on record saying that he would like to see what this team could accomplish on its own. The youngsters have been given the lion’s share of opportunities already this season, so perhaps he wants to see what they could do in crunch time.
In terms of the UFAs deals that are expiring, it would have been nice to get a return on some of those contracts, like Marcus Johansson or Nick Bonino, but ultimately it won’t hurt the organization to lose them for nothing, presumably.
By not making a change, it may be hard for the Wild to have Matt Boldy make his NHL Debut on a healthy roster during the regular season, but the Salary Cap isn’t a factor for postseason hockey.
April 12th, 11 AM
Some hypothesized that the Wild could go after Detroit Red Wings’ Luke Glendening to improve the faceoff dot (and not much else), but looks as if there’s no interest.
April 12th, 9 AM
Russo reports that the Wild don’t have anything in the works at the moment and that Marcus Foligno returns to the lineup. In a post earlier today (linked above), we speculated that the Wild’s Deadline Acquisitions could mostly be internal ones, like Foligno returning from injury or Boldy getting his chance in the NHL after the deadline.
April 10th and 11th
The Minnesota Wild reportedly had an interest in Columbus Blue Jacket’s Nick Foligno (brother to Marcus). The Jackets’ had offers including first-round picks, which Bill Guerin has been vocal about his aversion to dealing future assets this season for rentals. As such, Nick Foligno was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs
Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek theorized that the Minnesota Wild could be in on Taylor Hall. Buffalo wanted a first-round pick in the trade and the Wild have two next draft. Again, Guerin doesn’t want to deal draft picks or prospects for Rentals. Hall was dealt to the Boston Bruins
On January 19th, Bill Guerin and the Minnesota Wild acquired Ian Cole from the Colorado Avalanche for Greg Pateryn. The Avs also retained $800k of Ian Cole’s $4.25M contract.