The Minnesota Wild face some vexing salary cap issues. Winger Dany Heatley’s injury prevents the team axing him with a compliance buy-out, so other moves must occur to make the numbers work.
This has triggered speculation that agitating winger Cal Clutterbuck could exit via trade. The team tendered him a contract to protect its rights in restricted free agency, but cap issues may preclude him from sticking around.
Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher has been seeking a second-round draft pick in return Clutterbuck. The team spent its first-round pick to get winger Jason Pominville.
By getting another second-rounder, the Wild could package some picks to get into the first round. Or the team could exploit the depth of this draft to add another prospect to the pile.