The Minnesota Wild have approximately $21 million in salary cap space this offseason. Some of that money will go to draft picks, and some will go towards contract extensions for current Wild. General manager Chuck Fletcher will waive the rest at the 2012 free agent group, which includes Minnesota native Zach Parise.
Minnesota also holds the seventh-overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, which begins June 22 in Pittsburgh. What will Fletcher do with this selection?
The Wild finished last in the league in goals per game (2.02) and shots per game (26.5). The power-play unit finished 27th in the league as well (15.2 percent success rate). Dany Heatley led the team in scoring with 53 points.
Poor offensive production like this suggests Minnesota needs some new scoring options.
What has Minnesota thought about doing recently to move towards its first playoff appearance since 2007-08? Let’s take a look.