Wild Gain Cap Room By Trading Away Scandella And Pominville

Marco Scandella

The Minnesota Wild have traded away defenseman Marco Scandella and forward Jason Pominville to the Buffalo Sabres.

We all knew something was going to have to happen this offseason for the Minnesota Wild. With Nino and Granlund both up for long term deals, Chuck Fletcher needed cap room. Scandella was the hot name on draft weekend, but nothing came of it. Then on the eve of free agency, Scandella and Pominville along with a 4th round pick are on their way to Buffalo in return for Tyler Ennis, Marcus Fogliano and a 3rd round pick.

Losing Scandella sucks. Guy was a solid defenseman for us but this is what happens when core guys need to get paid. I thought we could get more in return for him, but that’s the price to pay to have Buffalo “take” Pominville also. I put take in quotations because the guy still put up 47 points last season. It’s not like he is a total loss, but the cap hit at over $5 million at his age just wasn’t doing him any favors in Minnesota. The lasting memory for Minnesota fans with Pommer will be that he didn’t waive his no movement clause for the expansion draft.

According to Cap Friendly, the Wild right now have over $18 million in cap space. You can count on around $11 million of that to be tied up into Nino and Granlund. That leaves $7 million left to fill out the roster. Minnesota needs to fill out the roster with a bottom six center and a depth defense in the first couple of days of free agency. The hot rumor is that Matt Cullen could be in play, but he’s considering retirement. So there’s a “one of us” possibility. Bringing in a backup goalie to compete with Alex Stalock is also probably going to happen also.

Hopefully the Wild lock up Granlund and Nino quickly now and we go from there. It would look like some of the young guns are going to get decent chances to crack the roster next season with the moves so far. Is it October yet?


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