ST. PAUL, Minn. One is the longest tenured member of the Minnesota Wild. One is the oldest member of the team to play more than eight games this season. Together, they were two-thirds of one of Minnesota's top lines this season at times, and when they were going strong was when the Wild were at their best.
The cases of Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Matt Cullen will be interesting this offseason. Each can play center and wing, and each has offensive talent that Minnesota could use. Each is also an unrestricted free agent and their return to the Wild is not a certainty.
Bouchard and Cullen join goaltender Niklas Backstrom, forward Stephane Veilleux and defensemen Justin Falk and Brett Clark as unrestrictred free agents.
"With the cap going down, obviously you're not going to be able to keep your entire team," general manager Chuck Fletcher said at his season-ending press conference. "We know that. We're going to have to make some choices and there's some are...