Wild Forward Could Be Targeted By Lightning At Trade Deadline

This is just not the year of the Minnesota Wild. Between injuries and the cap hits that are on the books, they have had a rough go at it. I do expect them to come back strong next season though. But for the time being, the team has to look ahead to the trade deadline and which players they can get any assets for.

The Wild don't have many players that are becoming UFAs after the season, but one forward stands out if any teams are looking for a physical depth addition. This player is Brandon Duhaime. He may not be effective offensively, but he knows how to hit and forecheck. Since the Wild haven't got him on a new contract yet, they don't seem to be looking to re-sign him, therefore trying to trade him would be the likely outcome to clear a spot on the roster.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been without a couple of very physical players for a good chunk of the season as both Tanner Jeannot and Austin Watson are out and considered week-to-week. The Lightning like to muck it up in the playoffs and will have a tougher time doing so without these types of players in the lineup if they stay injured. Duhaime would not cost a lot to acquire. Maybe a sixth or seventh-round pick at best. This is nothing for the Lightning to add a bit of security and depth up front in the physicality department.

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