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02-17-2013, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by chethejet View Post
Cullen if signed will be higher as well as Bouchard. Based on salaries this year that is 7 million and signing Cluterbuck at 2 now the Wild are at 2 million in cap room. So if the wild want to go after forwards, then it will cost the same amount to replace Cullen and Bouchard with two other forwards. Now having another 5.5 million to work with may work to go after a major forward not named Cullen or Bouchard.
Bouchard is not going to get over 2.5 million unless he goes to a desperate team in need of a winger. He has played 97 games in the last three seasons. No way he gets a raise.

Cullen, if anything, will get a one year contract with the same amount of money he gets now. No way he gets more. If the Wild want to go after a free agent, my bet would be a #3-4 defender on a two year contract to be a stop-gap until Dumba can play in that role. If Granlund and Zucker are able to continue to develop, they can be PMB and Cullen's replacements in the top-6.

Trading for a Top-6 guy could be an option, I suppose, but there is not a whole lot out there. Wild's only option there would be to trade some futures for a early/mid 30s Winger. No chance we have an opportunity to get a player in their prime. Guys like Zucker and Coyle have to develop into those types of players for us.


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