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Updated Minnesota Wild 2015-16 Depth Chart

Here’s a look at how the Wild is shaping up to look like next season. This will change throughout the summer as the Wild add and delete players.

The depth chart is my opinion. Obviously, lines change, roles change (maybe Coyle to wing eventually), etc.

In parentheses, each player’s cap hits.

Forwards

Left wing                              Center                                    Right wing

Zach Parise ($7.5+M)       Mikael Granlund ($3M)       Jason Pominville (5.6M)

Jason Zucker (900+K)      Mikko Koivu (6.75M)          Thomas Vanek ($6.5M)  

Nino Niederreiter (2.66M) Charlie Coyle (3.2M)       Justin Fontaine (1M)

Ryan Carter (625K)              Erik Haula (RFA)                  ---------------------------

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Vying for spots: Jordan Schroeder (600K), Tyler Graovac, (747,500); Brett Sutter (600K), Michael Keranen (675K), Zac Dalpe, Ruslan Fedotenko, Marc Hagel, Brett Bulmer (RFA), Kurtis Gabriel (667K), Zack Mitchell (615K), Brady Brassart ($836,667), Raphael Bussieres ($759,167), Grayson Downing (692,500), Pavel Jenys (688,333), Christoph Bertschy (575K), Jared Knight (761K).

Defensemen

Left Defense                     Right Defense

Ryan Suter (7.5+M)         Jonas Brodin (4.1+M)

Marco Scandella (4M)     Jared Spurgeon (2.66M)

Mike Reilly (2.025M)       Matt Dumba (894,167) 

Nate Prosser (625K)

Vying for spots: Christian Folin (RFA), Jon Blum (RFA), Gustav Olofsson (795K), Guillaume Gelinas ($596,667), Dylan Labbe (692,500), Zach Palmquist (692,500), Alex Gudbranson (610K), Hunter Warner (598,333)

Goalies

Devan Dubnyk (4.33M)

Darcy Kuemper (1.25M) 

Niklas Backstrom (3.42M)

Vying for spots: Brody Hoffman (925K), Stephen Michalek.

*Likely to sign a veteran No. 3 goalie

Total cap hit roughly: $68,096,342 ($71.4 million ceiling).

*Includes $500K buyout cap hit for Matt Cooke.

**Excludes Reilly’s bonus for purposes of calculating the cap.

Available cap space: $3,303,658. This does not include players like Schroeder, the unsigned Folin or Graovac, who will be vying for spots, and unsigned Haula.

If injured goalie Niklas Backstrom is still on the roster as a third goalie come the season, the Wild would have to keep two extra skaters opposed to three. That could mean Folin starts in the minors if Reilly makes the team. That also would seem to indicate there’s no room as of now for Jordan Leopold.

The Wild will not be a cap-ceiling team because it’ll want an injury cushion and flexibility to make in-season trades.

Wild signs Mikael Granlund, Ryan Carter, Nate Prosser

The Wild has re-signed restricted free agent and No. 1 center Mikael Granlund to a two-year, $6 million "bridge deal" this morning. They beat the 11 a.m. free agency deadline that theoretically would have put him at risk for an offer sheet.

He will make $2.8 million in 2015-16, $3.2 million in 2016-17.

The Wild also re-signed defenseman Nate Prosser to a two-year deal. It's worth $600K Year One, $650K Year 2. One-way deal. This could affect any Jordan Leopold return.

Forward Ryan Carter will also return. He got a one year, $625,000 contract.

The Wild has signed Marc Hagel, who finished the year with the Iowa Wild. The depth forward is on a two-way, NHL deal now. The Wild also signed Ruslan Fedotenko to a two-way deal. He signed an AHL deal with Iowa late last season (he lives in Iowa) and promptly was concussed. Fedotenko has skill, is a vet and won a Cup with Tampa Bay.

The Mike Reilly deal with potential performance bonus makes his cap hit $2.025 million. He will wear No. 4.

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Twins at Cincinnati

    11:35am on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Saints at Lincoln

    6:35pm on 1220-AM

  • Live racing

    6:30pm

  • Saints at Lincoln

    6:35pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Kansas City

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    4pm

  • Seattle at Lynx

    7pm on 106.1-FM

  • Fargo-Moorhead at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Kansas City

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    12:45pm

  • Minnesota United FC at Carolina

    4pm

  • Twins at Kansas City

    6:15pm on Ch. 9, 96.3-FM

  • Fargo-Moorhead at Saints

    7:05pm on 105.1-FM

  • Live racing

    12:45pm

  • Twins at Kansas City

    1:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Fargo-Moorhead at Saints

    5:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Ottawa at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Baltimore at Twins

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Ottawa at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Baltimore at Twins

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Baltimore at Twins

    12:10pm on 96.3-FM

Today's Scoreboard

  • Minnesota

    Cincinnati

     

    - F

    1

    2

  • Boston

    Toronto

     

    - F

    2

    11

  • Colorado

    Oakland

     

    - F

    1

    4

  • Seattle

    San Diego

     

    - F

    7

    0

  • Texas

    Baltimore

     

    - Bot 2nd

    0

    0

  • NY Yankees

    LA Angels

     

    - Bot 1st

    0

    0

  • Milwaukee

    Philadelphia

     

    - Top 2nd

    2

    0

  • Pittsburgh

    Detroit

     

    - Bot 1st

    0

    0

  • Washington

    Atlanta

     

    - Delayed

    0

    0

  • San Francisco

    Miami

     

    - Top 2nd

    0

    0

  • Chicago Cubs

    NY Mets

     

    - Top 2nd

    0

    0

  • Cleveland

    Tampa Bay

     

    - Top 2nd

    0

    0

  • Kansas City

    Houston

    7:10 PM

  • Chicago White Sox

    St. Louis

    7:15 PM

  • LA Dodgers

    Arizona

    8:40 PM