According to NHL insider Elliotte Friedman and Star Tribune’s Michael Russo, the Minnesota Wild are listening to trade offers on young players that include Nino Niederreiter.
In Friedman’s ’30 Thoughts’ article for Sportsnet, he mentions how Nino Niederreiter has been mentioned more than usual.
An unusual name started circulating in trade circles the last few days: Minnesota’s Nino Niederreiter. The 24-year-old winger had a career-high 25 goals in 2016–17, and, after making a few calls, it sounds like teams are looking at the Wild’s expansion/cap situation, wondering if he could be available.
Makes sense that a guy who potted 25 goals last season and is under 25 years old is a hot commodity. Nino is a fan favorite in Minnesota, so the pushback from fans to this news is understandable. Who doesn’t love a guy with a legit wrist shot who also loves to headlock an opposing player after the whistle? But with the expansion draft and salary cap issues, things are going to change.
Chuck Fletcher quote from Michael Russo article:
“We owe it to the organization to listen to everything. … I like a lot of our players, but the reality is we can’t bring our same team back. There is going to be a change or two.”
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So we know changes are coming. Both Nino Niederreiter and Granlund are up for extensions as they are both restricted free agents. It would be somewhat ironic if Nino was dealt as an RFA, as that’s how he was traded here. Cal Clutterbuck was a restricted free agent with the Wild when he was dealt along with a third round pick to the New York Islanders for Niederreiter. Time is a flat circle, my friends.
With a solid core of young prospect forwards in the system like Joel Eriksson Ek, Alex Tuch and Luke Kunin, testing the market for guys like Nino make sense. And let’s face it, it can’t be worse than when we traded away Nick Leddy for Cam Barker.