Settling goalie situation is Wild's top priority

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 31, 2013 - 9:22 AM

With a reduced salary cap, the team will have to be prudent with offseason moves.

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tcatheartMay. 30, 1310:45 PM

They would be fools to let Matt Cullen walk. He was instrumental in their success this year when he was healthy. I realize he is getting up in age, but his work ethic, face-off %, shoot out wizardry, and ability to dish the puck make it worth it for them to resign for 2 years. (How about 1 year with a club option for a second for about 2 (ish) million a year?) I'd hate to see Cullen go, and so would Devin Setoguchi...

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minneg56May. 31, 13 6:53 AM

Backstop a big part of what Wild is? Gross understatement! They overused Backstop to the point of exhaustion. Finally - as the human body can only take so much the poor netminder physically broke down! You can only beat a 'rented nule' so much- eventually they will break down. Sign him and have him train in the next Finn goalie for 2 seasons!

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april24May. 31, 13 8:10 AM

They better lock up Pominville long term also considering what they gave up to get him. Can not allow him to get to FA after next season.

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greenhypeMay. 31, 13 9:03 AM

A little off topic but with the Penguins Flurry (sp?) not being a reliable playoff goalie what if he became available would he be a good fit in a Wild Jersey? Sometimes a change of scenery does a player good…

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MassiotMay. 31, 13 9:15 AM

Yup, gotta have Cullen back. He almost seemed like he was faster this year than years before. Would also like Backstrom back for a year or two while the back up goalies continue to gain more experience. Fleury would be nice, but I'm thinking he'd want big money, which I'm not sure Wild will be able to offer.

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sgjsdadMay. 31, 13 9:24 AM

Couple of points here: first; no mention at all of PMB which means as so many of us regular posters have speculated he's gone. Next, if the Wild are looking to retain Backstrom, Cullen and Clutterbuck they are going to have a heck of a time making that work unless they buy out Heatley, Gilbert or both. Buying out both nets the Wild something like $11.5 million in cap room which makes retaining those guys and keeping Pominville a little easier.

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jmike4May. 31, 13 9:30 AM

What about Heater..Is he locked in for one more year? If so, we should def trade him...most overpaid player on the roster and he's lost his touch.

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mnhockeyguyMay. 31, 13 9:33 AM

They wont keep Clutterbuck. His production dropped off dramatically and he wasnt as physical as he needed to be during the Blackhawks series. The scary thing is this team suddenly has a lot of holes in it. If the team doesnt get more scoring help this offseason, which will be tough considering the cap situation, they will very likely miss the playoffs in a very tough central division. But they do have a 2nd line center if Cullen goes. He's named Mikko Koivu!

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floridascottMay. 31, 1311:15 AM

You stole my take mnhockeyguy. The Wild have a number two center locked up for the next 5 years at the bargain price of $6.75M a year. His name is Mikko Koivu.

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schmackdogMay. 31, 1311:29 AM

If they can get rid of PMBs, Heatleys, and Clutterbuck's salaries, I'd consider the offseason a success. Maybe re-sign Cullen and Backstrom to cheap 1 year deals. Since the cap has lowered we most likely won't be dealing picks for a legit player with a high salary anytime soon.

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