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The Rhino and Compass:
The Wild are up against a wall this offseason. They need to find a little cap space, which they would do by letting go of Dany Heatley using something called a compliance buyout, but they can’t do that because he had shoulder surgery and is on the isable list. They needed to find another way to stock their roster and to get their payroll down.
The team needed to make a decision on their restricted free agents, because many of them were worthwhile contributors, but their cost was prohibitive. One of those players was Cal Clutterbuck. Clutterbuck was a star of the team two years ago, but then the team started to add more skill players they started going towards a different style. Clutterbuck is more suited to a high energy grinding game. Sure, he scored a bunch of goals 2 years ago, but they were ugly and a product of a lot of ice time. His game is suited more perfectly for the Eastern Conference which tends to be more physical, as the Wild have reimagined their roster to fit with the Western Conference’s more wide open style.
The Wild wanted to flow a little bit better, and they intended to do that with their free agent acquisition from a year a go, Zack Parise, as well as with rookie Mikal Granlund. Granlund struggled and spent more time in the AHL than the Wild would have hoped, however, and beyond the first line, the scoring wasn’t as easy as anticipated.
All of these factors came together today at the draft as they sought a solution. The Wild wanting to do something with Clutterbuck, who is a better fit for the Eastern Conference anyways, wanting to boost their prospect pool despite not having a first round pick, wanting to bolster their skill offense and getting further away from the grinding possession game that has dominated their franchise since the team came to be. They also, perhaps, wanted to find someone to pair with Granlund down the road to help with his development.
At the same time on Long Island, the Islanders have a wealth of speedy skill forwards, but wanted to get more energy and get a little bit tougher after getting bounced by the Penguins in the playoffs during the spring. They had a top 5 pick from 2010 still playing in Bridgeport, their minor league franchise in Nino Niederreiter. A match made in heaven, the Islanders sent Niderreiter to Minnesota for Clutterbuck and a draft pick Now even though Mikael Granlund isn’t a sure thing to make the NHL roster next season, he will still be able to build chemistry with a linemate of the future, and the Wild was able to free up cap space and find a more apt home for Clutterbuck.
The initial reaction, for me, is this. Clutterbuck was a popular player in Minnesota, but his time as a useful hockey player within the Wild system had run out. Niederreiter scored 50 points last year with Bridgeport, and appears to be finding his game even though he struggled coming over from Switzerland initially. This is a great trade for Minnesota, and all the more impressive considering how up against the wall they were.
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The Rangers have acquired defenseman Justin Falk from the Minnesota Wild on Sunday for the rights to forward Benn Ferriero and a sixth-round pick in next year's draft.
The 24-year-old Falk had three assists and 40 penalty minutes in 36 games last season with the Wild. He posted a plus or even rating 27 times and skated in his 100th NHL game on March 27 against Phoenix. Falk...
The wait was long, but the Minnesota Wild finally made their first pick in the NHL Draft on Sunday, taking big defenseman Gustav Olofsson with the No. 46 overall pick.
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Today, the Rangers acquired defenseman Justin Falk from Minnesota in exchange for forward Benn Ferriero and a sixth-round pick (originally Columbus’) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Falk, 24, registered three assists and 40 penalty minutes in 36 games with the Minnesota Wild last season. He posted a plus or even rating in 27 of his 36 contests, and skated in his 100th career NHL game...
The Minnesota Wild have sort of made a tradition out of making a splash on draft day. From the Wild making its first 'splash' by dealing a 1st round draft pick (16th Overall Trevor Lewis) and Patrick O'Sullivan to the Los Angeles Kings for Pavol Demitra, and then a few years later dealing Brent Burns for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and the 28th Overall pick...
#Isles have acquired Cal Clutterbuck from the Wild for Nino Niederreiter.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) June 30, 2013
Remember these halcyon days Wild fans? This is of course a picture of the first 3 selections of the 2000 NHL Entry draft which was the first one the Wild ever participated in. So there you see the top 3 picks; 1st Overall Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders, 2nd Overall Dany Heatley of the Atlanta Thrashers, and of course the 3rd Overall pick Marian Gaborik to the Wild. I...
Per the New York Rangers' official website, the Rangers have acquired defenseman Justin Falk from the Minnesota Wild in return for Ben Ferriero and Columbus' 6th round pick in the 2014 draft.
Falk, 24, has one goal and 14 assists in 108 regular season games with the Minnesota Wild. Ferreiro, 26, was acquired from the Penguins last season in return for Chad Kolarik...
In the first move of the day, the Rangers have acquired defenseman Justin Falk from Minnesota in exchange for Benn Ferriero and a 6th round pick in 2014. Falk, a left handed shot, had a line of 0-3-3 in 36 games this past season, with a -9 rating and 40 PIMs. Falk isn’t terrible on the metrics side of things, with a 2.0 RCorsi (-1.28 CorsiON), a -0.694 Corsi Rel QoC, and 47.9%...
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and the rights to restricted free agent forward Benn Ferriero from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Justin Falk.
Ferriero, 26 (4/29/87), recorded one assist in four games with the New...
The New York Islanders have traded forward Nino Niederreiter to the Minnesota Wild in return for Cal Clutterbuck. Niederreiter’s relationship appeared to be shaky with the Islanders during the past season. He wasn’t invited to the team’s training camp and he wasn’t part of the Bridgeport contingent that was recalled when the big club made the playoffs to practice as the [...]
The Minnesota Wild said they would be active on Sunday at the NHL Draft and are following through on their plans.
Looking to make changes to its team while hovering near the decreasing salary cap, Minnesota traded winger Cal Clutterbuck and a third-round pick in today's draft to the New York Islanders for young prospect Nino Niederreiter.
Niederreiter, drafted No. 5 overall...