There’s also the deal that restructures the Wild roster while giving them a bevy of draft picks. The Devils in this deal would give the Wild their second, third, and fifth-round pick this season, while also adding the second-round pick in 2023. It’s a ton of pieces for the Minnesota Wild to get in one deal, and it’s basically looking to overwhelm the Wild with pieces.
It seems like this is an easy win for the Devils, but look at the deal as close as you can. While Pavel Zacha and Ty Smith are two players the Devils fanbase would love to get rid of, they still hold value across the league. They are both former first-round picks who made the league at a young age and still have upside. As we said previously, the Devils know the value of Boqvist at this point.
The Devils would take on the contract of Dmitry Kulikov, who was a healthy scratch in Game 3 of the playoffs. While Kulikov has had his successes this season, this shows how the Wild feel about him in the long term. This would take a $2.25 million contract off their books next season. It would help them by giving them just a little more cap space to add talent to this team. Kulikov was great for the Devils last season, and they’d likely accept him back with open arms.
It’s the most unlikely of deals for the Devils since there’s nothing in this deal besides the sheer volume of draft picks that make them squeamish. However, this is the one with the most pieces, and therefore it might be where the Devils stick their guns. We hear every year that a team is willing to dangle their first-round picks for the right player, but it rarely happens.