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04-19-2010, 10:11 PM
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Wild Free Agency Thread 2010 edition


The Minnesota Wild have lots of needs this offseason, and come July 1, there isn't a great amount of free agents available. Here we look at the upcoming free agents that we may target, and the ones that are out there. Our most pressing needs are a 2nd line center to fill in between Latendresse and Havlat, and a scoring winger, Iíll break it down by position, and throw in numbers for each player.



Centers

_____Player_______Age___GP____G____A____Pts____PIM____FO%____+/-____09-10 Cap Hit__
Patrick Marleau 31 82 44 39 83 22 51.4 22 6.3M
Olli Jokinen 32 82 15 35 50 75 49.4 3 5.5M
Saku Koivu 36 71 19 33 52 36 51.4 14 3.25M
Matt Cullen 34 81 16 32 48 34 51.0 -7 2.8M
John Madden 38 79 10 13 23 12 53.0 -2 2.75M
Tomas Plekanec 28 82 25 45 70 50 49.0 5 2.75M
Matthew Lombardi 29 78 19 34 53 36 49.7 8 1.817M
Mike Comrie 30 43 13 8 21 30 53.2* -9 1.25M
Kyle Wellwood 28 75 14 11 25 12 53.8 6 1.2M



*=small sample size



Left Wing

_____Player_______Age___GP____G____A____Pts____PIM____+/-____09-10 Cap Hit__
Ilya Kovalchuk 28 76 41 44 85 53 10 6.4M
Paul Kariya 36 75 18 25 43 36 -7 6M
Ray Whitney 39 80 21 37 58 26 -6 3.55M
Fredrik Modin 36 44 5 6 11 26 -8 3.25M
Alexander Frolov 29 81 19 32 51 26 -1 2.9M
Jere Lehtinen 38 58 4 13 17 17 -8 2.5M
Alex Tanguay 31 80 10 27 37 32 -2 2.5
Tomas Holmstrom 38 81 25 20 51 60 5 2.25M
Christopher Higgins 28 67 8 9 17 32 -9 2.25M
Raffi Torres 29 74 19 17 36 34 -11 2.25
Alexei Ponikarvosky 31 77 21 29 50 61 -1 2.105M
Ruslan Fedotenko 32 80 11 19 30 50 -17 1.8M



Right Wing

_____Player_______Age___GP____G____A____Pts____PIM____+/-____09-10 Cap Hit__
Lee Stempniak 28 80 28 20 48 26 0 2.5M
Colby Armstrong 28 79 15 14 29 61 6 2.4M
Marek Svatos 29 54 7 4 11 35 -13 2.050M
Maxim Afinogenov 31 82 24 37 61 46 -17 0.8M
Miroslav Satan 36 38 9 5 14 12 8 0.7M


This is a start for now, I will update the post when some of the free agents are signed, and I am hoping to add some defensemen too even though I don't see us going for many this offseason. We could add one though if we needed depth after a trade or something. Let me know if I missed anyone, and what you think we should target, it truly looks super thin on the forward front, but we will see what happens.

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Cullen 2-3 years ~$3 mil per - won't happen, but I think he would be great between Havlat and Lats (I've said this in about 4 different threads)

Kariya would also be an interesting option if he's willing to take a pay cut - again, probably unrealistic

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I wouldn't mind seeing Cullen here, but as has been stated before, I don't think he'd want to come here. If he did, he would probably be a good fit between Latendresse and Havlat. I'd take a lot of those centers up there, but since it's kind of short on depth, a lot of them will get high contracts since there aren't very many of them.

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I may be in the minority here, but I don't want Jokinen on this team. He seems like a perennial loser to me:

Best player on Florida - does nothing
Best player on Phoenix - does nothing
Can't stick in Calgary playing with Iginla
Rangers fans didn't seem like him too much

Lombardi would be an interesting choice (if he wanted to leave Phoenix); faster then a mother****er

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Cullen 2-3 years ~$3 mil per - won't happen, but I think he would be great between Havlat and Lats (I've said this in about 4 different threads)

Kariya would also be an interesting option if he's willing to take a pay cut - again, probably unrealistic
Given his age, that might be possible although I'd bet it would be for a contender.

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I threw Marleau and Kovalchuk on the list, but I think we absolutely no shot of landing either of them this offseason. It's a long shot at best.

I think I can agree with your points, he will most likely sign a cheap contract since most people won't be happy to hand him a contract, Fletch has been good about the same thing, I'd say if he was on a 1-year contract or something for pretty cheap, it'd be worth the shot as we did with Sykora this year. He didn't work out, but he didn't cost us much to try him out.

I think Lombardi will probably stay in Phoenix, but you never know what can happen.

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Given his age, that might be possible although I'd bet it would be for a contender.
My thoughts too. Maybe even back to Colorado?

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He could also go back to the Blues, they could find themselves back into the playoffs next year if they play better at home I'm sure. They didn't have that bad of a year. If he took a paycut, I'm sure they'd like to re-sign him.

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My thoughts too. Maybe even back to Colorado?
That 2003-2004 Avs team had to be the most disappointing team this decade.

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Lombardi would be an interesting choice (if he wanted to leave Phoenix); faster then a mother****er
He'd be a great fit for the Wild, who need a speed upgrade and a center. Wonder how much he'll be asking for?

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I wouldn't mind seeing Lombardi here.

I do hope they stay away from Fedotenko. I know this offseason will be different but Fletcher liked him and offered him a contract last year.

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Fedotenko was a -17, that's pretty bad. I know Havlat had a bad +/-, but that's pretty bad. I'd love to see Lombardi, but I think he would want to stay in PHX. We'll have to wait and see, there's really not too much up there that's available.

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we could always just trade for horton

i hear hes on the block

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I think we'll do very little, aside from depth signings for Houston/injury callups.

I believe Fletcher said we'd be probably making trades instead.

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I would rather get Tomas Plekanec over Cullen.

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If you could get Plekanec for 3.5-4.0m/per for 4 years I would sign him although I can't see that being the best offer he gets. Does anyone know if he's pals with either Havlat or Z?

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I would rather get Tomas Plekanec over Cullen.
Didn't know he was available. I would take that too

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Wasn't there rumors of Plek wanting 6 million a season from the Habs?

If that's the case, he's out of the discussion.

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If you could get Plekanec for 3.5-4.0m/per for 4 years I would sign him although I can't see that being the best offer he gets. Does anyone know if he's pals with either Havlat or Z?
Good question. I bet he knows our Czechs as I'm sure he's played in a few International tourneys with them. But, I know he was in NA during the lockout because I saw him play for Hamilton. ... Maybe he's also friends with our Gee-uum?

I don't see why we can get him for under 4MM .. if Fletch offers 4-5 years. It seems like until this year he's been a scapegoat in Montreal and my be underappreciated in the East.

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i'd like to see us gain a little speed. lombardi would do the trick in that regard. I fear, however, we'll instead pick up one of the 35+ year olds and justify it with the "need for veteran leadership".

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Lombardi will probably garner a decent amount of interest, and I gotta think that the Coyotes would want to keep him. I heard Plekanec wants to re-sign in Montreal, and I'm sure that he will. I know that Fletch is interested since I remember a tweet about us wanting him at the deadline, but maybe he is asking for too much. We'll have to see what Fletch ends up doing. There aren't too many good centers in this year's FA class. I'd think we would be going more toward the trade route if that's possible.

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