The Minnesota Wild have been hit hard by COVID-19 and the league's protocol in recent weeks, and their luck didn't change on Thursday. According to The Athletic , Minnesota forwards Mats Zuccarello and Rem Pitlick have been added to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol. Zuccarello currently leads the team with seven points on three goals and four assists and has played in each of the team's first six games.
Buying out Zach Parise and Ryan Suter will lead up to Bill Guerin asking Mats Zuccarello to waive his NMC at the expansion draft. Here's why...
Big news as Bill Guerin decided to not only buyout Zach Parise, but Ryan Suter was bought out. They came in together. They're leaving together. Guerin wants no part of the Parise-Suter era involved in a Cup run. He completely cleaned out the locker room and now he's ready to win. This is the big risk we've been waiting for. Guerin has established himself as a winning GM! Now let's get to the expansion draft because we're going to see something unexpected and I believe I peeped it. The Wild were able to get rid of two players who are arguably at the end of their careers. While both can show that they still have a little left in their tanks the new era of the NHL has shown they are no longer big difference makers. Guerin took a big risk and he knows what he's doing. He's taking a chance to put a team together that can withstand the toughness of the playoffs and have a special group of players who can go all the way. Why would Mats Zuccarello be asked to waive his NMC as the Seattle Kraken would be interested at pursing Zuccarello thanks to Kirill Kaprizov making him look like a quality playmaking top line winger. Ron Francis wouldn't mind taking on 3 years of Zuccarello at $6M as he's still showing us he's capable of being a top-6 producer and a veteran presence. Zuccarello and Kaprizov have shown to be a good 1-2 punch, but there's a chance Guerin assembles a better top line and balance as the team has a shot at greatness. With Zuccarello having a resurrecting season this is the PERFECT time to expose him.
While the Wild were very much shorthanded in Friday’s practice at Xcel Energy Center, they got a small boost with defenseman Matt Dumba and winger Mats Zuccarello both returning to the ice. Neither player would have been ready last week had COVID not ripped through the Wild locker room. That...
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Wild has some holes in its lineup to fill before resuming its season Tuesday at Los Angeles, but one player the team can pencil in for that game is defenseman Matt Dumba. Despite going down with what looked like a gruesome injury before the team's season was put on hold by a COVID-19 outbreak, Dumba avoided a serious setback and believes he can play when the team gets back in action.