Ep.404: Wild Decisions

Thomas Drance joins the show to discuss the Minnesota Wild buying out the rest of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise’s contracts. Topics include:

  • Why they chose to do it now
  • The pros and cons of buying out the contracts
  • The one year of financial flexibility they created
  • Why the Wild find themselves at a crossroads this offseason
  • Kirill Kaprizov’s next contract
  • The future dead cap charges that are coming
  • Are they more or less likely to go after Eichel now?
  • Going for it and worrying after vs. planning ahead
  • The looming concerns about the recapture penalty
  • Making trades ahead of the expansion draft
  • Teams trying to learn from mistakes they made last time
  • What Suter and Parise have left in the tank
  • Potential landing spots for them this offseason

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