Minnesota Wild Look to Restore Tough Style and Improve Performance

The Minnesota Wild are aiming to revive their tough and taxing style of play that made them a challenging opponent in the past. President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Bill Guerin expressed the team’s desire to improve individual performances and avoid a slow start to the season. Guerin emphasized the importance of playing to the team’s identity and believes it will help players produce more.

The Wild have approximately $6 million in salary cap space after acquiring winger Jakub Lauko in a trade with the Boston Bruins. However, this figure does not include a new contract for restricted free agent Declan Chisholm, who became a regular on defense last season. The team extended qualifying offers to Chisholm and several other players to retain their rights.

Several players, including Sam Hentges, Dmitry Ovchinnikov, Simon Johansson, and Hunter Jones, did not receive qualifying offers and will become free agents. Forward Jake Lucchini and defensemen Alex Goligoski and Dakota Mermis are on expiring contracts. The Wild are focused on replenishing their depth and rebranding the team.

Injuries and dips in production from players like Marcus Johansson and Frederick Gaudreau contributed to the Wild’s failure to make the playoffs last season. The team aims to address these challenges by balancing their lineup and strengthening their pipeline. Guerin plans to sign a No. 5 goalie and bolster the Iowa team in the American Hockey League.

The Wild will consider top prospects, including Liam Ohgren, Daemon Hunt, Jesper Wallstedt, and Riley Heidt, during training camp. They may also seek scoring help in free agency, although a top-tier player may be out of their budget. The team has limited roster openings due to salary cap constraints, with nearly $15 million allocated to buyouts for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

Guerin emphasized the need for the Wild to rediscover their winning ways by returning to their identity and playing with confidence. He expects players who had down years to bounce back and hopes proven scorers will regain their scoring touch.

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