Wild Should Target These 3 Low Cost Free Agents

The NHL’s free agency period is fast approaching and the Minnesota Wild have a busy offseason ahead of them. They will rely on the market as well as on 2022 NHL Draft to help flesh out the list. It won’t be easy, however, as the Wild have several players to re-sign with limited cap space due to Zach Parise and Ryan Suter buyouts.

In other words, the general manager Bill Guerin probably won’t be a major player in free agency this year. Instead, the Wild is more likely to target cheaper veteran players to fill the remaining spots on the roster. That said, here’s a look at three low-cost free agents for the Wild to target this summer.

1. Vladislav Namestnikov, C/LW/RW

As it stands, the Wild have 10 forwards signed for the 2022-23 NHL season, leaving room for a player like Vladislav Namestnikov. The versatile Russian striker is coming off a productive campaign between the Detroit Red Wings and the Dallas Stars which saw him find the back of the net 16 times while adding 14 assists in 75 games.

Namestnikov can add an offensive advantage to the Wild’s bottom-six group while also having the ability to progress through injury. He has now scored at least 16 goals in two of the past three seasons, proving he can still be effective as he hits his thirties. On top of that, the 29-year-old can play any of three attacking positions, allowing head coach Dean Evason to move him around as he sees fit.

Christy J. Olson