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Wilderness Walk: FREE AGENCY

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That’s Wild

  • In a slurry of depth re-signings, the Minnesota Wild have handed defenseman Dakota Mermis a two-year, two-way deal with a league-minimum $750,000 cap hit. The 27-year-old blueliner is nothing more than a very solid depth option and insurance just in case of injuries. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • The Wild are reportedly going to be a suitor for blueliner Alex Goligoski. At 35 years old, he’s certainly a veteran, but has still put up good results with the Arizona Coyotes. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Kirill Kaprizov has express to Wild management that they really want to see them get a center for him — Victor Rask doesn’t cut it — so here are some free agent options to get him that center. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • 2021 2nd-round pick defenseman AND GRAND RAPIDS, MINNESOTA NATIVE Jack Peart is busy ripping it up in the World Junior Summer Showcase for Team USA. He’s so damn cool.
  • Another free agent option is forward Nick Foligno, which could see a possible family reunion in Minnesota. [The Athletic]

Off the trail...

  • Yet another stellar week in this hockey world we live in, the Carolina Hurricanes are reportedly close to signing Tony DeAngelo to a one-year deal.
  • This Tony DeAngelo. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Aside from horrible decisions, the NHL frenzy of free agency is opening up in just a few hours at 11:00 a.m. CT. So let’s get ready.