Your 2014 Minnesota Wild (by the numbers)

If Hans from "The Mighty Ducks" could read this post he'd probably not only turn in his grave, he'd likely be clawing at the door. Because at the end of the day any real hockey fan knows that the game at the NHL level really ain't about fun... it's numbers and business. So whip out your calculators, pocket protectors and coke-bottle glasses, because here's a few tid bits on how the Wild are stacking up... by the business numbers.



Magic Number #1: 47%

Significance: The one and only Ryan Suter

According to CapGeek the Wild currently have just over $16 million invested in their defensemen. This is assuming the final, opening day roster consists of Suter, Jonas Brodin, Keith Ballard, Jared Spurgeon, Clayton Stoner, Marco Scandella and Nate Prosser. Suter's salary reaches a cap hit of $7,538,462, nearly half of the money invested in the Wild's defensive corp. Replacing Prosser with Mathew Dumba (higher) or Jonathan Blum (lower), you get a bit of flex. Either way, you can count on Suter's salary accounting for somewhere in the realm of 45-50% of the Wild's salary for all defensemen in 2013-14.

Magic Number #2: $21,155,833

Signficance: Cash up front

The Wild have a $21 million+ disparity between the money spent on forwards versus the defense and goaltending. The Wild have approximate $42.5 million worth of cap invested in their forwards. Defense and goaltending make up a combined $21.3 million. How does this number compare to other recently competitive teams?

Chicago Blackhawks: $4.7 million

Pittsburgh Penguins: $11.5 million

Los Angeles Kings: $3.4 million

Boston Bruins: $17.1 million

Magic Number #3: $7,314,167

Significance: Entry-Level Cap Hit

Assuming Erik Haula and Mathew Dumba do NOT make the opening day roster this season, the magic number represents the cap hit for all players in their entry-level deals. This includes Nino Niederreiter (appx $2.8mil), Mikael Granlund ($2.1mil), Charlie Coyle ($975K) and Jonas Brodin (appx $1.45mil). Haula and Dumba would add an extra $3.35mil approximately. In the grand scheme of the league this isn't too bad. Consider the Florida Panthers who will have a cap hit of just over $13.2 million for six entry level deal players.

Magic Number #5: $927,778

Significance: Mark, WHO?!?!?!

Oh yeah, him. Mark Parrish. The Wild will finally have Parrish's buyout off their books at the end of the 2013-2014 season. Mark Parrish was signed in 2006 to a 5-year deal worth $13,250,000. The contract was bought out in 2008 with a six-year payoff. So, for the last time, the Wild will have an extra $927,778 on their salary books to account for the buyout.

Other Numbers of Interest

21: Free Agents during the 2014 off season. This includes Dany Heatley, Jason Pominville, Mike Rupp, Zenon Konopka, Jake Dowell, Clayton Stoner and Nate Prosser as notable UFAs. Nino Niederreiter, Darcy Kuemper and Jonathan Blum as the premier RFAs.

$22,087,244: Projected Cap Space for the 2014 off season to re-sign the players mentioned above and acquire free agents on the market.

40/1: Projected odds for the Minnesota Wild to win the Stanley Cup in 2014, according to VegasInsider.

The opinions posted here are not those of Hockey Wilderness

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