The NHL trade deadline is just days away, and rumors regarding the Minnesota Wild are anything but scarce. One rumor that has a lot of fans in Minnesota talking is the Wild’s reported interest in Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck.
On Tuesday, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic listed the Wild as a team to watch on the Trochek front. Wednesday, The Athletic’s Micheal Russo expanded on LeBrun’s report on the most recent installment of The Russo-Souhan Show:
The Wild have expressed interest in Vincent Trochek, the Florida Panthers’ No. 2 center. I think the big thing that the Wild are trying to figure out is is he a center? And isn’t this just a common theme for a lot of Wild players over the years. I think it really just shows you how hard it is to play center in the NHL. But there’s a lot of people that think the reason Vincent Trocheck hasn’t been nearly as productive in the last year or so is the fact that maybe he’s more of a winger than a center and that they’re trying to force-feed him at that position in Florida. But I think the Wild are really scouting him and inquiring him on trying to be a center. He came back from a high ankle sprain probably way too early, has not been nearly as fast and explosive as he was when he was really productive early in his career with the Panthers, but he is somebody the Wild are really looking at.
To me, when I connect the dots, there’s really only one guy that makes sense for the Florida Panthers if you’re gonna make a trade for Trocheck, and that is Jonas Brodin. They need a first-pair left D to play with Aaron Ekblad, and to me, that would obviously be — if you’re gonna make this trade — I think that Brodin would be in it.
Trocheck is an interesting player. The 26-year-old is just two years removed from a 31-goal, 75-point campaign for the Panthers, and while he is having somewhat of a “down” year, he remains one of Florida’s more dangerous players in the offensive zone.
Moving Jonas Brodin in order to acquire Trocheck, though, would be a tough pill for many to swallow. Brodin, also 26, is in the midst of his best season as a pro — he has already tied his career high in assists (22) and is on pace to shatter his previous career high of 25 points. Brodin has become a reliable presence on Minnesota’s blue line, and his inexpensive contract makes him a particularly attractive commodity.
That said, Trocheck is on a pretty manageable contract of his own. At an AAV of $4,750,000 for two more years beyond the 2019-20 season, the Pittsburgh native could be one of the better bargains in hockey if he returns to his near-point-per-game form.
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