Minnesota Wild’s Biggest Takeaways from the Start of Free Agency

July 8th, 2013 by Tom Schreier Leave a reply »

The Minnesota Wild have been busy reconstructing their roster for the 2012-13 season.

It is surprising that a team that made the playoffs for the first time since 2007-08 a year ago and has a lot of talented young players would make as many dramatic moves as the Wild have in the offseason. After all, the most successful teams in the NHL tend to be the ones that have a core that remains intact for long periods of time.

Part of the shuffle was due to the reduction in the salary cap, which dropped to $64.3 million this year, and part of it may be the emphasis on getting the budding starters some serious playing time.

The deal that sent Justin Falk to the New York Rangers for Benn Ferriero appeared rather insignificant—Minnesota shipped away a 24-year-old defenseman that was not in its future plans for a depth forward that they did not tender.

Minnesota also let longtime Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard go and traded Devin Setoguchi to the Winnipeg Jets, a new division rival, for a second-round pick. This means that the 26-year-old Ferriero should get some significant playing time on the third line, with the ...

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