The Minnesota Wild have had a busy offseason so far.
So far the team has re-signed five players (two restricted free agents), made qualifying offers to four restricted free agents, did not tender two restricted free agents, bought out one player, completed three trades and signed four unrestricted free agents.
There likely will not be any major moves for two reasons; 1) there isn't a lot of cap space remaining and 2) there is a lot of roster spots remaining.
The deadline to submit qualifying offers came less than a week prior to the start of free agency. The Wild decided to qualify four of the team's six restricted free agents. The team decided to keep the defensively-strong defenseman Cuma, big and physical defenseman Medvec, scoring forward Fontaine and two-way forward McMillan. They all fill different roles and have different skill sets.
Diagnosis: All four can have an NHL role. Good cap numbers and good depth players = good move.
July 2: Joel Broda and Benn Ferriero let go
The deadline to qualify restricted free agents passed and the Wild failed to offer Broda and Ferriero. Broda, a high-scoring junior forward, and Ferriero, a two-way forward, were AHL depth forwards that had little chance to get on the Wild roster. Both players were pretty far down the depth chart.
Diagnosis: Neither player has a future with the Wild so it is better for both of them to try to get a fresh start somewhere else.
July 3: Tom Gilbert placed on waivers to be bought out
The Wild needed to clear cap room and the offensive defenseman was a good candidate to be bought out. Each team is allowed two amnesty buyouts that will not count toward the cap. Gilbert is the Wild's first such buyout. He was entering the final year of his contract that carried a $4 million cap hit. He was inconsistent in his year and a half with the Wild. The team needed to get more offensive contributions from him, but did not get it on a nightly basis.
Diagnosis: Had to be done.