The Minnesota Wild haven’t been linked to many unrestricted free agents this offseason, but there are rumblings they may be in line to get one of the higher-profile wingers available;
Considered one of the better two-way wingers in the league, the 33-year-old was a trade deadline acquisition for Toronto and tallied four assists in seven regular-season games while notching just a single assist in four playoff games. Foligno missed Game 3, 4 and 5 against the Montreal Canadiens with a lower-body injury. In 42 regular season games with the Blue Jackets, he scored seven goals and nine assists in a tumultuous season for the franchise.
While primarily a winger, Foligno has spent some time at center and would be an interesting — if stereotypical — addition to the Wild’s forward group. If the rumor is true and Foligno signs a short-term deal, it would hopefully be at a lower cap hit than his previous $5.5 million with the Blue Jackets, as the team is still looking to re-sign rookie stud Kirill Kaprizov and winger Kevin Fiala.