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Minnesota Wild 2014 free agent analysis: Josh Caron

The Minnesota Wild have several restricted free agents this offseason, including Josh Caron.
The Minnesota Wild have several restricted free agents this offseason, including Josh Caron.
Joseph Gunther/Minnesota Wild Examiner

The Minnesota Wild have few roster spots with the emergence of their young stars. However, a few players still need to supplement the roster. The Wild enter the offseason with 14 unrestricted free agents and eight restricted free agents.

Here is restricted free agent defenseman Josh Caron.

2013-14 Team(s): Iowa Wild (AHL), Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)

2013-14 Statistics: 13 games played, 14 penalty minutes, 2 shots on goal (Iowa); 3 games played, minus-1 rating, 5 penalty minutes (Orlando)

Qualifying Offer: $605,000

Outlook: Caron is highly unlikely to get a qualifying offer from the Wild. He has spent both of his professional seasons bouncing between the American Hockey League (Houston Aeros and Iowa Wild) and the East Coast Hockey League (Orlando Solar Bears) while playing both defense and forward.

He is a physical player that once had 182 penalty minutes in 29 games for the Kamloops Storm of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). The KIJHL is a Junior “B” level league in British Columbia, Canada.

Beside his physical play, he provides practically nothing else. He has just one goal and one assist in two seasons in the Wild organization after recording just three goals over four-plus seasons in the Western Hockey League.

Re-signing him will not be about money, but roster space. It doesn’t appear that he fits into the team’s future plans.