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Wilderness Walk: Protection lists are chaotic

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Your daily dose of Wild news, along with other interesting stories from around the NHL.

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That’s Wild

  • The Minnesota Wild — along with the other 29 participating teams — released their protection list ahead of Wednesday’s expansion draft. The typical names were taken, but there are some juicy players for the Kraken to take from Minnesota. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Somewhat loss in the expansion shuffle, the Wild are declining the option to qualify forward Dimitri Sokolov, and he will now be a free agent (but will mostly just play in Russia without NHL rights). [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Nikita Chibrikov is a player that has been mocked to the Minnesota Wild, well he is very very good. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Ahead of free agency, one name that has been linked to the Wild is Nick Foligno, probably because he aims to play with his brother Marcus. [Hockey Wilderness]

Off the trail...

  • Outside of Minnesota, the likes of Carey Price, Nino Niederreiter, Vladimir Tarasenko, and other quasi big names from around the league have been exposed for Seattle to swipe up. This is wild. [The Athletic]
  • The Philadelphia Flyers made the biggest splash this past weekend, acquiring Ryan Ellis from the Nashville Predators for a couple of post-hype prospects in Nolan Patrick and Philippe Myers, and GM Chuck Fletcher cannot get enough of the defenseman’s offense. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Patrick was then sent to the Vegas Golden Knights. [Knights on Ice]
  • The other somewhat significant trade was the Toronto Maple Leafs acquiring forward Jared McCann for Filip Hallander and a 7th-rounder. And then they exposed him for the expansion draft. [Pension Plan Puppets]