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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will keep defenseman Jared Spurgeon and four minor-league players after extending qualifying offers to five restricted free agents.
Spurgeon, 23, is one of Minnesota's top-4 defenseman and paired with Marco Scandella -- who was re-signed earlier this offseason -- during the playoffs. Spurgeon had five goals and 10 assists and was a plus-1 in 39 games this season for the Wild.
Minnesota can also retain forwards Justin Fontaine and Carson McMillan and defensemen Tyler Cuma and Kyle Medvec after making the qualifying offers. The Wild chose not to make qualifying to forwards Joel Broda and Benn Ferriero.
Ferriero was acquired from the New York Rangers on Sunday along with a 2014 sixth-round pick in exchange for defenseman Justin Falk, who was also a restricted free agent. Ferriero will now be an unrestricted free agent.
Fontaine, 25, led the Houston Aeros in scoring last season with a team-high 23 goals to go with 33 assists. The University of Minnesota-Duluth product was also a plus-10. McMillian, 24, had nine goals and nine assists in 64 games.
Cuma, 23, was Minnesota's first-round pick in 2008 had one goal and 11 assists for Houston last season. He's played in one career NHL game for the Wild. Medvec, 25, had six goals and two assists for the Aeros last season.
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The Wild have made qualifying offers to five restricted free agents: defensemen Jared Spurgeon, Tyler Cuma and Kyle Medvec, and right wings Justin Fontaine and Carson McMillan.
The move to retain their rights was made Tuesday. Minnesota did not make a qualifying offer to forwards Joel Broda or Benn Ferriero, making them free agents when the NHL market opens Friday. Ferriero was...
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher played a big game of poker in free agency last summer, ultimately coming away with a full house by signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the two biggest names on the market.Fletcher, with a reshaped roster in part because of those two signings, is looking at a much different game this summer with free agency starting...
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild were strapped for cash with the NHL salary cap decreasing to 64.3 million this season and it cost the team defenseman Tom Gilbert.
Minnesota announced Wednesday that it placed Gilbert, who had three goals and 10 assists last season, on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out Gilbert's remaining two years of his contract. Gilbert...
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Ryan Suter missed out on winning the Norris Trophy, given to the NHLs best defenseman, but his first season with the Minnesota Wild was recognized by the leagues writers on Wednesday.Suter, who signed a monumental 13-year, 98 million contract with Minnesota last offseason as the top defensemen available in free agency, was named first-team on the NHLs First All...
The Minnesota Wild have waived defenseman Tom Gilbert.
The team announced the move Wednesday. The 30-year-old Gilbert had one season left on his contract for $3 million.
If he goes unclaimed by another team, the Wild will use one of their two available compliance buyouts to keep Gilbert's money from counting against their salary cap. He would then become an unrestricted free...
This weekend, My buddy Redwing77 sent me a text to tell me that Cal Clutterbuck had been traded to the New York Islanders. The text caught me off guard. At least the Wild were smart enough to not send him to a conference opponent.
Mike Doyle, Minnesota Wild --- The Minnesota Wild has acquired right wing Nino Niederreiter from the New York Islanders in exchange for to the rights...
English: Tom Gilbert in 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
According to Michael Russo, the Minnesota Wild might have found their first candidate for one of the two compliance buyouts. I think it would be a great move. Gilbert was absolutely brutal last season on the blue line for the Minnesota Wild.
Michael Russo, Russo's Rants -- The Wild plans to place Tom Gilbert on...
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
The NHL’s salary cap next year is $64.3 million. The Wild is being hit with a bonus overage of roughly $400,000 for exceeding the cap last year.
That means the Wild’s cap ceiling is about $63.9 million, probably less. Buffalo is picking up roughly $800,000 of Jason Pominville’s salary, but the Wild still has a $927,778 buyout...