The Minnesota Wild has several attractive options for buyers as Monday’s trade deadline nears.
Elliotte Friedman had a Monday afternoon TV hit on NHL Network, and the Insider was asked if there was any indication on his end about the Wild being sellers at the deadline.
“I have heard it,” said Friedman. “I think there has been some talk about that. The one thing about Eric Staal is Staal has some control over his movement. The rumor is that he hasn’t exactly… he’s not going to make it easy in terms of where they could move him. Some of the teams that Minnesota might try to move him to, he might make it hard for them to be on his list. I think Eric Staal really likes it in Minnesota, so I think that that situation is not going to be easy to move him as much as maybe Minnesota would like.
“But I think Zucker is a name you’re going to hear a lot over the next little while. It’ll be interesting to see if a contender decides they’re interested in him.
“I think the other thing about that right now is I think Minnesota - Charlie Coyle - that is a name that has been in a lot of rumors from time-to-time over the past two years. At different points teams like both Boston and Tampa have shown interest in him. I think the biggest difficulty is Minnesota has always asked a lot for him, and teams haven’t been willing to go that way, but they like Coyle as a player. So I think that’s going to all come down to asking price.”
Staal is in the final season of a three-year, $10.5 million contract, and that includes the modified no-trade clause - through which he can nix 10 locales - to which Friedman alluded.
Zucker is in the first season of a five-year, $27.5 million contract, which carries a $5.5 million cap hit. That pact comes with a no-trade clause (10-team no-trade list) that’ll kick in July 1, and will carry for the final four seasons of the contract.
Coyle is in Year Four of a five-year, $16 million contract.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly