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Report: Wild getting calls about Nino Niederreiter’s availability

Apr 16, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) passes the puck past St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (19) during the first period in game three of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Could Wild winger Nino Niederreiter be on the move?

It appears that could be the case after Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher did not deny a report from Elliotte Friedman of Spotsnet that teams are calling to inquire about the 24-year-old winger.

Niederreiter had a career-high 25 goals in 2016-17 and as a restricted free agent will be eligible for arbitration this offseason. He will get a raise on the $2.7 million he made this season and is two years away from becoming an unrestricted free agent.

“We are actively listening … on everything,” Fletcher told Friedman.

Winger Mikael Granlund also is set to become a restricted free agent and could end up in arbitration. Granlund, who made $3.5 million this season, led the Wild with 69 points and had a career-high 26 goals in 81 games. Niederreiter finished fourth on the Wild with 57 points.

Both players slumped in the Wild’s disappointing first-round playoff loss to St. Louis. Granlund had only two assists and Niederreiter finished with one assist in the five games. Center Erik Haula is set to be a restricted free agent as well, meaning Fletcher will have to make a decision about which players he wants to keep and whether he wants to give any long-term extensions this offseason.

Part of the issue for the Wild will be the NHL salary cap. It was $73 million this past season and could be anywhere from $72 to $76 million in 2017-18. The figure, which is based on NHL revenue, will be announced in June. The Wild will have about $11 million in cap space, according to the website capfriendly.com.

 

  • Victor Dorso

    Well whatever they do they should call the agent for TJ Oshe and bring him in.





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