The Minnesota Wild started what is expected to be a hectic day around the NHL by trading defenseman Justin Falk to the New York Rangers.
Minnesota, which doesn't currently own a first-round pick in Sunday's draft, acquired forward Benn Ferriero and a sixth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Draft in exchange for Falk, who is a restricted free agent. Falk, 24, had three assists and 40 penalty minutes in 36 regular-season games for the Wild last season and played in four playoff games.
Ferriero, 26, is also a restricted free agent. But Minnesota will likely extend the 5-foot-11, 195-pound forward prior to the start of free agency on July 5.
Ferriero played four games with New York last season, tallying one assist. He had eight goals and 22 assists in 57 games in the American Hockey League last season, playing with Connecticut and Wilkes-BarreScranton. The Rangers had acquired Ferriero from Pittsburgh in January.
Ferriero has 14 goals and nine assists in 96 career NHL games, spending...