The Wild will not buy out center Victor Rask, GM Bill Guerin told Michael Russo of The Athletic (subscription link). The 27-year-old has struggled mightily over his two seasons in Minnesota, compiling just 16 points in 66 games while being a frequent healthy scratch along the way. That’s hardly production that’s worthy of a $4MM price tag for two more years which made him a strong candidate to be released. Instead, they’ll hold onto Rask and hope that he’ll be able to rebound and perhaps fill one of the vacancies created by the departures of Eric Staal and Mikko Koivu.
More from the Western Conference:
- Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch posits that the Blues will likely add a veteran goaltender in free agency. While the team has high hopes for Ville Husso, he has yet to play at the NHL level and they’re counting on him to be a capable backup for Jordan Binnington. Adding a veteran third-string option that could start out at the AHL level but be brought up if Husso struggles or injuries arise would be a wise move although getting someone that may be willing to leave some NHL money on the table in favor of a higher two-way deal (or a fully guaranteed one-way contract) will be important with their salary cap situation.
- The front office changes continue in Arizona as new GM Bill Armstrong makes his mark. Just days after firing scouting director Lindsay Hofford, the Coyotes have parted ways with assistant to the GM Jake Goldberg, reports Craig Morgan of AZ Coyotes Insider (Twitter link). The 30-year-old had been promoted to that role this season after spending the previous two years as their director of hockey operations.