The Minnesota Wild currently owe $55.8 million to 17 players in 2013-14. With the salary cap reducing to $64.3 million next season, they are going to have to be economically efficient in their spending.
While the team has plenty of firepower with a strong top line (Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville) along with three young guns (Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund), they would be wise to re-sign Matt Cullen, a player that has had a positive influence on both winger Devin Setoguchi and Zucker.
Outside of that, they are pretty good at forward.
The Wild need defensive depth. While Ryan Suter and Jonas Brodin look like they will be the team’s top pairing for years to come, there is some question as to who can secure the ice when Suter and Brodin are off of it. Tom Gilbert, 30, is aging, and there is not much experience after him.
Minnesota also needs to address the goaltending situation. Niklas Backstrom is a free agent, Josh Harding has multiple sclerosis and Darcy Kuemper, 23, is a project.
The following is a sales pitch to players that the Wild would be interested in signing. Keep in mind that expensive players or guys that play a position that already is filled are not included. Free agents that played in St. Paul last year, however, are included in this list.
All salaries and free-agent statuses are from CapGeek.com.