How much cap space will the Minnesota Wild have in the 2024 offseason?

The Minnesota Wild have shown us they may be a player or two from top-three contention in the West, so do they have room to add a marquee talent?
San Jose Sharks v Minnesota Wild
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The Minnesota Wild should have exceeded fan expectations, even if they weren’t making the playoffs this season. While they went on a serious run, it was too little, too late in what has been arguably the NHL’s most competitive division featuring four legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. 

They sold at the deadline, signifying back in early March the playoffs weren’t likely, but that didn’t stop them from making things interesting down the stretch. This should also incentivize pending unrestricted free agents like Marc-Andre Fleury to return for at least another year. And those who would have been pending recently signing extensions to be glad they’re sticking around the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. 

If the Wild can lure just one solid player to Minnesota, perhaps they can join the likes of Winnipeg, Colorado, Dallas, and Nashville as a legitimate top-three contender. They don’t have much room in cap space, with roughly $10.543 million available, but it’s enough to add a little more talent to the lineup and make a run. 

Minnesota Wild don’t need to have an eventful 2024 offseason

The Wild need to keep the talent they have, meaning re-signing Marc-Andre Fleury for one more season while also hanging onto youngsters like Adam Beckman and Declan Chisholm - the latter of whom is looking like a decent fit in the system, especially on the man advantage. 

And remember, emerging stars like Brock Faber, Marco Rossi, and Matt Boldy will also be one year older and one year better. Add in one more player to go with this mixture of a young core and seasoned veterans like Fleury should he return and Mats Zuccarello, and there should be a lot of hope next season. 

Minnesota’s offseason will be one of the most interesting in the NHL, thanks to a season that has seen them defy expectations.