Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Darroll Powe agrees to 3-year contract with Wild

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild off-season news, Wild player moves Updated: July 5, 2011 - 1:12 PM

Restricted free agent Darroll Powe has agreed to terms on a 3-year, $3.2 million contract ($1.067 AAV). Contract is not signed or filed yet. Powe could have filed for arbitration later today. This contract buys his last restricted year and two unrestricted free-agency years.

The Wild acquired Powe from the Philadelphia Flyers on June 27 for a 2013 third-round pick.

“Yeosie, the way he coaches, he wants a couple skill lines, but he wants his role lines to bring energy and not be easy to play against,” Wild assistant GM Brent Flahr, referring to coach Mike Yeo, said at the time of the trade.

“And Darroll Powe isn’t the easiest guy to play against. He really gets in on the forecheck and disrupts things and throws big hits. I’m sure he’ll be a coach’s pet by the end of the year and a fan favorite before long.”

A popular player in Philly who can play left wing or center, Powe, 26, played three seasons for the Flyers after signing as a free agent out of Princeton in 2007. He quickly gained a reputation as a hard-hitting, super-fast, tremendously responsible player.

A top penalty killer, Powe logged the second-most shorthanded minutes amongst Flyers forwards (257) and led the Flyers with 196 hits. It’s the physical game where the Saskatoon native made his niche.

The other restricted free agents should be signed soon. Most may just accept their qualifying offers.

I'll be on 1500 ESPN at 2:20 p.m. CT today.

Here's the Updated Depth Chart 

Here's a look at the Wild's depth chart for next season as it stands today. There are basically five spots open if one assumes 16 one-way contracts and two two-way contracts (Clayton Stoner and Jared Spurgeon) are certain to make the team. The other five spots (TBD) would come from youngsters vying for spots or external acquisitions (free agency or trades). Below each player are his 2011-12 salary and 2011-12 salary-cap hit. The salary-cap ceiling for next season is $64.3 million.

 

FORWARDS

Line 1: Pierre-Marc Bouchard ($4.25 million salary, $4.08M salary cap hit); Mikko Koivu ($7.29M, $6.75M); Dany Heatley ($8M, $7.5M)

Line 2: Guillaume Latendresse ($2.6M, $2.5M); Matt Cullen ($3.5M, $3.5M); Devin Setoguchi ($2.75M; $3M)

Line 3: Darroll Powe ($950K, $1.066M); Kyle Brodziak ($1.3M, $1.15M); Cal Clutterbuck ($1.5M, $1.4M)

Line 4: Eric Nystrom ($1.4M, $1.4M); TBD; Brad Staubitz ($600K, $575K)

TBD; TBD

 

Note: Two or three spots are open depending on if the Wild keeps 13 or 14 forwards, or seven or eight defensemen.

Vying for spots: Colton Gillies, Casey Wellman, Cody Almond, James Sheppard, David McIntyre, Carson McMillan, Matt Kassian, Jed Ortmeyer, Jeff Taffe.

Restricted free agents: Wellman, Sheppard, Gillies, Jarod Palmer

Unrestricted free agents: John Madden, Antti Miettinen, Patrick O’Sullivan

Minor league unrestricted free agents: Robbie Earl

 

 

DEFENSEMEN

Pair 1: Nick Schultz ($3.6 million salary, $3.5M salary cap hit); Marek Zidlicky ($4M, $4M)

 

Pair 2: Greg Zanon ($2.1M, $1.933M); Jared Spurgeon ($535K, $527K)

Pair 3: Clayton Stoner ($575K, $550K); TBD

TBD; TBD

Note: Two or three spots are open depending on if the Wild keeps 13 or 14 forwards.

Vying for spots: Marco Scandella, Nate Prosser, Justin Falk, Drew Bagnall.

 

Restricted free agents: Falk, Jeff Penner.

 

 
GOALIES

Starter: Niklas Backstrom ($6 million salary, $6M salary cap hit)

Backup: Josh Harding ($750K, $750K)

 
SALARY BREAKDOWN

• Actual 2011-12 payroll (as of today): $53,169,445

• Salary cap hit: $51,484,777

Notes: Includes bought-out Mark Parrish’s $927,778 payoff and cap hit and soon-to-be-bought-out Cam Barker $541,667 payoff and $375,000 cap hit.

This total includes 18 of a possible 23 players. This doesn’t the youngsters vying for the team or possible free-agent or trade acquisitions. That means the payroll and salary-cap hits are in actuality higher because up to five spots may still be filled.

 

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