Well I wrote a bunch of stuff, and then MAYHEM broke loose across the NHL. It appeared the hacking group Anonymous may have taken over the NHL GMs technology, but it ended up being real. First Elite LW Taylor Hall was traded for up and coming RHS D Adam Larsson 1-for-1 between Edmonton and New Jersey. Then we heard that Steven Stamkos was staying in Tampa Bay for 8 years at $8.5M. Then we found out that Shea Weber will take his terrible contract north to Montreal in exchange for something called P.K. Subban who will find his new home in Nashville..... To all of this news... I can't even.....
Jason Zucker, the speedy winger from Las Vegas, is the first domino to fall in the Wild's offseason free agent pool. Zucker returns to the team on a 2 year deal worth a total of $4M or $2M AAV, leaving the Wild with just over $12M to spend on 7 roster vacancies.
So, where do the WIld go from here? They are said to be closing in on deals with Darcy Kuemper and Tyler Graovac with Zac Dalpe and Jordan Schroeder potentially headed to arbitration, maybe looking for lucrative two-way deals. Matt Dumba is the largest RFA project still being worked on, and then free agency opens on Saturday. Still lots of trades being considered as well, we're being told. All just speculation and conjecture, and figures to be until the free agent frenzy has died down a bit. We'll be here to help you through the wait.
This morning's music is absolutely apropos. Enjoy your Thursday
Wild in on Kyle Okposo, Eric Staal ahead of free agency - StarTribune.com
If you took a late lunch today, went to the gym or dropped your phone in the toilet, you missed,NHL GM's Go Wild.
Zucker, With New Contract, Expecting More - Minnesota Wild - Blogs
Zucker tells Evan Sporer what he expects from himself
Why Wings and Wild are perfect trade partners for Oilers - Sportsnet.ca
With the free agent defenceman crop so weak, Mark Spector joins HC at Noon to discuss both the Wild and Red Wings, desperate for centres, are perfect trade partners for the Oilers.
Minnesota Wild 2016 free agency primer | FOX Sports
The Minnesota Wild enter free agency with needs up front and the money to make a move.
Compare All The Names Being Mentioned As Targets For The Wild - Hockey Wilderness
Who would you go after?
Minnesota Wild in Talks With Arizona Coyotes on Possible Swap
This past weekend many felt a trade involving the Minnesota Wild would get done. No moves were made, but they did talk to the Coyotes about possible trades.
Edmonton Oilers GM on the hot seat to find top-pairing defenceman | Edmonton Journal
Postulation that RNH for Dumba is losing the trade for EDM.
Edmonton Oilers GM comes out of Entry Draft having failed to land an NHL defenceman | Edmonton Journal
Dumba for Nugent-Hopkins has legs from an EMD perspective
Debate: Who's in better shape for the future — Wild or Wolves? - StarTribune.com
The nature of both the NHL and NBA factors into and complicates the argument because one is a league of upsets and the other is kinder to favorites.
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Off The Trail
NHL Rumours: Latest on Trouba, Martin, Staal, Ladd - Sportsnet.ca
STAMMER IS STAYING IN TB: MAYHEM
The Montreal Canadiens shocked the hockey world by trading P.K. Subban to Nashville for Shea Weber. Andrew Berkshire looks at the trade from an analytical perspective and explains why this may be the worst trade in Habs history.
Better than Dumba for RNH????
P.K. Subban is 'going to a team that wants me' in trade to Predators - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: P.K. Subban didn’t mind that his dinner in Paris, France was interrupted when he found out he was traded from the Montreal Canadiens to the Nashville Predators. "Most emotional dinner that I’ve ever been a part of," Subban said. "I just feel good knowing that a team has moved someone to bring me in because they want me," Subban said.
Shea Weber: 'I'm not P.K. Subban, I’m not going to try to be' - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Shea Weber hasn’t thought about P.K. Subban’s popularity with the Montreal Canadiens and what it will be like to try to replace a fan favorite in such a big and important hockey market.
Taylor Hall bitterly leaves what he was building with Oilers - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: APRIL 6: Oilers forward Taylor Hall is introduced during the closing ceremonies at Rexall Place. "I voiced my disappointment with what happened," said Hall, when asked about his conversation with Chiarelli.
TSN Trade Bait: All eyes on Edmonton - Article - TSN
RNH at the top of the list.
News and Rumours: Plenty of interest in Ladd - Article - TSN
Are the Wild in the mix?
Everybody wants some Kyle Okposo in 2016 NHL free agency | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Okposo is going to be, outside of Steven Stamkos, the most heavily courted player in free agency this summer.
Cancel that Eric Staal reunion with Carolina Hurricanes - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
Hockey Headlines: Taylor Hall Trade Looming?
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