NHL Rumors: 2 Minnesota Wild Trade Candidates

The Minnesota Wild are one of the more financially strapped teams as the buyouts of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise are putting a huge dent into the team's cap space. The two bought out veterans make up $12.7 million in dead cap space this season, as well as over $14 million the next two years. General manager Bill Guerin has already had to ship out talented players for no return, here's a couple more Wild players who could be next to be dealt:

Matt Dumba, RHD

Even if the Wild are in Stanley Cup Playoff picture at the trade deadline, Matt Dumba's name will be in play. The right-handed defenseman is a pending unrestricted free agent, making $6 million against the cap. In 2021-22, Dumba recorded 27 points in 57 games. He holds a no-trade clause that protects him from 10 teams. The Wild do have $17 million in cap space to work with next summer, however they are going to find out they will need to make upgrades up front, and Dumba could be used to help bring in some talented forwards.

Marcus Foligno, LW

Another Wild player who has been around the franchise for some time now, Marcus Foligno could be entering his final season in Minnesota. 
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There's a ton of pressure on the team to preform, given their financial situation and if the Wild are in over their heads this season, expect to see Foligno moved. He recorded 42 points in 74 games last season and has two years remaining on his contract, paying him $3.1 million against the cap. Foligno's physical style of play is well suited for the playoffs, so adding him to a contending could take a team over the hump. Keep an eye on Minnesota, if things don't go well early on this season, it could turn into a fire sale.

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