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One Year Left of Cap Hell

Created by: mh61
Team: 2023-24 Minnesota Wild
Initial Creation Date: Nov. 29, 2023
Published: Nov. 29, 2023
Salary Cap Mode: Basic
Description
Buyouts are eating up 14.743M of the cap this year an next. With that handicap there is no way to compete and while currently in 30th spot this is a look at options for the deadline to accrue picks and get ready for 2025-2026 when they get 13M in cap back.

This what I think the team will look like next year as they wait to exit cap hell. Trades to happen before the deadline, Buyouts represent players who will walk during Free Agency

Fleury trade gets him to a contender in LA that needs goaltending insurance while saving the wild 3.5M and adding a second round pick. Fleury hasn't been great this year but the Wild haven't exactly been helping him out its almost a guarantee that he would play better on a better team. Copley hasn't been great but he comes back to make the cap work and if he plays well the wild can always bring him back likely for less than his current 1.5M or he can walk in the summer it doesn't really matter

Zuccarello is on an expiring contact but has big value for contending teams at a 3M cap hit (I am assuming the Wild would retain half to get the best return). Deal here doesn't have to be specific to one team, I just put an example on the potential return they could get from any contending team just so happens Cap worked with the Devils and having Zuc will be better than having smith play forward
Free Agent Signings
RESERVE LISTYEARSCAP HIT
3$925,000
3$850,000
Trades
1.
MIN
  1. Copley, Pheonix
  2. 2025 2nd round pick (LAK)
LAK
  1. Fleury, Marc-André ($1,750,000 retained)
2.
MIN
  1. 2025 3rd round pick (BOS)
3.
MIN
  1. 2024 2nd round pick (CAR)
4.
MIN
  1. 2024 3rd round pick (TBL)
5.
MIN
  1. Foote, Cal
  2. Foote, Nolan
  3. Smith, Brendan
  4. 2024 3rd round pick (NJD)
  5. 2025 3rd round pick (NJD)
NJD
  1. Zuccarello, Mats ($3,000,000 retained)
6.
MIN
  1. 2024 5th round pick (DAL)
  2. 2025 5th round pick (NJD)
7.
MIN
  1. Timmins, Conor
  2. 2024 3rd round pick (NYI)
  3. 2025 3rd round pick (TOR)
Buyouts
Retained Salary Transactions
DraftRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Round 7
2024
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2025
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Logo of the LAK
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Logo of the BOS
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Logo of the TOR
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2026
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ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES TooltipBONUSESCAP SPACE
22$83,500,000$76,614,420$0$1,307,500$6,885,580
Left WingCentreRight Wing
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$9,000,000$9,000,000
LW
UFA - 3
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$5,250,000$5,250,000
C
UFA - 6
Logo of the Minnesota Wild
$7,000,000$7,000,000
RW, LW
UFA - 7
Logo of the New Jersey Devils
$863,333$863,333
LW
RFA - 1
Logo of the Minnesota Wild
$863,333$863,333 (Performance Bonus$850,000$850K)
C
RFA - 2
Logo of the Minnesota Wild
$925,000$925,000
RW
RFA
Logo of the Minnesota Wild
$850,000$850,000
C, LW, RW
RFA
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$1,700,000$1,700,000
C, RW
NMC
UFA - 1
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$3,100,000$3,100,000
RW, LW
NMC
UFA - 1
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$800,000$800,000
LW, C
RFA - 1
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$2,100,000$2,100,000
C, LW
M-NTC
UFA - 5
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$1,100,000$1,100,000
RW, LW
UFA - 1
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$775,000$775,000
C, RW
UFA - 2
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
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$6,000,000$6,000,000
LD
NMC
UFA - 5
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$925,000$925,000
RD
RFA - 2
Logo of the Minnesota Wild
$3,750,000$3,750,000
G
UFA - 3
Logo of the Minnesota Wild
$863,333$863,333
LD
RFA - 3
Logo of the Minnesota Wild
$7,575,000$7,575,000
RD
NMC
UFA - 4
Logo of the Minnesota Wild
$925,000$925,000 (Performance Bonus$425,000$425K)
G
RFA - 2
Logo of the Minnesota Wild
$855,833$855,833 (Performance Bonus$32,500$32K)
LD
RFA - 2
Logo of the Toronto Maple Leafs
$1,100,000$1,100,000
RD
RFA - 2
Logo of the New Jersey Devils
$800,000$800,000
RD
RFA - 1
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
Logo of the Minnesota Wild
$2,000,000$2,000,000
LD/RD
NMC
UFA - 1
Logo of the New Jersey Devils
$1,100,000$1,100,000
LD/RD, LW
UFA - 1
Logo of the Los Angeles Kings
$1,500,000$1,500,000
G
UFA - 1

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Nov. 29, 2023 at 5:55 p.m.
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Devils dont need a top 9 FWD. SO again we are ruining Holtz by getting Zucc.... But now if it was Duhaime, we can talk but that trade is so awful Devils 100% decline and again why are you guys so in love with making the Devils even SMALLER. Smith is a place holder, again your not trading for a 3m FWD just to sit on the 4th line. like i said Duhaime would be better he fits the 4th line role, and your just wasting zuc on the 4th.
Nov. 29, 2023 at 5:59 p.m.
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Zuccarello has an extension in place.

They do have 10M in cap next year to fill 6 spots, if they can spend 1M or less on their 2nd goalie, that gives them 9M, to re-sign/replace Gologoski and Bogosian on defense, Duhaime, Dewar and Maroon up front. So, if we say they add a 2M D, re-sign Bogosian, and Maroon, and Dewar for 800k, 800K, and 1M, that leaves enough money for a 4.4M player.
Nov. 29, 2023 at 6:01 p.m.
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The Kings would not pay a 2nd to get a goalie playing just as bad Copley has. The only trade value that Flower currently has is his previous playoff experience so anyone trading for him would be looking to pick him up as a back up and as we have seen so far this year Flower is no where near his past self.

Kings counter with Copley and a 4th for Flower 50% retained.
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Nov. 29, 2023 at 6:05 p.m.
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Tampa Bay obviously declines. Bogo cost the Wild a 7th to acquire. Why would Bolts pay a 3rd to get him back?
Nov. 29, 2023 at 6:11 p.m.
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Canes will pass on that.
Nov. 29, 2023 at 6:32 p.m.
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Acquire Bogo for a 7th

Trade him back to the same team for a 3rd

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Nov. 29, 2023 at 6:36 p.m.
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Jack Edwards and Maroon's relationship aside, no from Boston, there are better hard-nosed players out there and if they cost more than just a third, so be it
Nov. 29, 2023 at 6:39 p.m.
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I can't see Los Angeles trading for Marc-Andre Fleury on the hope that he MIGHT be a better backup than Copley, who currently has the same number of wins in 2/3 of the starts, no losses in regulation and a shutout, with roughly the same stats. And that's BEFORE you add in the second-round pick. Moreover, I doubt that MAF would uproot his family in the middle of the year.

As the usually reliable @GMBL points out, Mats Zuccarello isn't on an expiring contract.
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Nov. 29, 2023 at 6:46 p.m.
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i expect bill guerin to do the bare minimum and sign bad contracts. could be the worst gm in the league.
Nov. 29, 2023 at 6:51 p.m.
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Copley has been fantastic in his last two starts, allowing only 1 goal on 50 shots. He had a slow start to the season, but I'm not going to pay to dump him because of 3 bad games.
Nov. 29, 2023 at 7:33 p.m.
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Jack Edwards and Maroon's relationship aside, no from Boston, there are better hard-nosed players out there and if they cost more than just a third, so be it


Bruins would prefer Duhaime IMO
Nov. 29, 2023 at 7:38 p.m.
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Zero chance you put a millisecond of intelligent thought into that TB trade. Unless you're convinced Julien Brisebois is the absolute dumbest human being on planet Earth.
How does trading a guy as favor because he isn't playing for you for a 7. Does that person turn around and give up a three please provide some rational explanation. I can't think of one!!
Nov. 30, 2023 at 7:38 a.m.
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The only asset NJ is interested in from the Wild is Wallstedt and thats not happening without an obnoxious overpay so I just don't see anything happening between these two teams. For Reference, NJ's weak spots are Goalie, 3-RD, and 4-LW.
Goalie - Several years of team control with proven G below age 30 or a Star prospect who can make the jump this year or next.
3-RD - Big body Rental who can actually play defense with a lot of physicality and some PK skill.
4-LW - Big body checking guy who can skate pretty quick and put up 30ish points on the season with a >50 xG%.
 
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