3 Players Wild Could Trade Next

The Minnesota Wild are still in the middle of paying over $14 million AAV to Ryan Suter and Zach Parise who were bought out years ago. This continues to put them in a bind and forces them to allocate their cap space wisely. There are definitely some tweaks that can be done to the roster by the trade deadline to make this team better if they are in the playoff race, which they are expected to be.

Marcus Foligno

Marcus Foligno is a very solid two-way player, no one is questioning that, but his offense was really underwhelming last season for the Wild. He had a career year in 2021-22 scoring 23 goals and 42 points. This raised expectations for him. As a middle-six winger, he was only able to follow that impressive season up with seven goals and 21 points. The 32-year-old is paid $3.1 million for one final season, so if he doesn't bounce back, he could very well be dumped at the deadline for a more productive and cheaper player.

Calen Addison

Calen Addison is still one of the few restricted free agents in the league without a contract and the season is getting close. Late last season, Brock Faber jumped Addison in the depth chart due to his defensive game and all around ability on the ice. Addison is offensively gifted, but wasn't given a great chance with John Klingberg added at last season's deadline. While I think a contract will get done eventually, there doesn't seem like much room to grow now for the young defenseman and may want to seek a better opportunity elsewhere. If so, the Wild will have a nice trade chip on their hands to use to upgrade.

Alex Goligoski

It seems as though age finally caught up to Alex Goligoski as he dropped off in a big way last season. He was a pretty nice surprise for the team in 2021-22 when he put up 30 points, but recorded just six last season in 46 games, serving as a healthy scratch a lot because of his performance. He too is on the last year of his deal at $2 million AAV, but that money could be put to better use if the Wild were able to just dump it by the trade deadline as well. I don't see him even playing as many games as he did last season. If he isn't moved by the trade deadline to free up space, he definitely won't be back next season with Minnesota.

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