Five burning questions for Wilde Training Camp: Can Guerin push a trade to help further?

Finally, after a long off-season with some additions and notable subtractions Kevin Fiala, cam talbot And Dmitry KulikovThe wild training camp has arrived.

The players reported on Wednesday, with the first on-ice session coming on Thursday.

Sixty eight players will take part in the campIncluding 22 promoted from the Tom Curvers Prospect Showcase in Chicago last week.

Many practice sessions are free and open to the public. Here is the current training camp schedule, which is subject to much change. Here is the link to reserve tickets For training camp and all season practice.

Before we start the training camp talks, here are some stories you may have missed this summer:

Moving on, let’s take a look at the biggest questions Wilde must answer in training camp, as well as the status of the projected lines and caps:

1. Can Guerin be a good forward from a cap-strapped team?

Why bury the lead? This is the biggest question of the camp. By trading Kulikov, Wilde freed up $2.25 million in cap space and now technically has $5.7 million and has turned to spending.

This number is really low in the team’s mind, because with Jordan Greenway And John Merrill With the season not expected to begin, there is theoretically room for four roster candidates to make up the team: a sixth and a seventh defenseman (perhaps a Callen Edison), a 13th forward and, by the time he earns a spot, Rossi.

However, with a four-game homestand and the AHL with Iowa so close to the season, Wilde is not required to be the seventh defenseman on the roster and the 13th forward on the roster (except for injury) until they have played a five-game Do not go out for the road. Travel at the end of October.

The Wilds would like to leave themselves with at least $1 million in cushions to be able to afford the call-up this season.

General Manager Bill Guerin’s plan here is transparent.

NHL Teams must meet the cap on the night of October 11 – below the $82.5 million ceiling -. There are many teams around or above the cap. There are also teams that have too many forwards.

Guerin hopes that as the season draws to a close and these teams become more desperate, he will be able to put up a quality forward, preferably a scorer who can help replace the 85 points lost by beating Fiala. . Los Angeles KingsEither for very little or essentially free.

Some teams that may require that type of cap dump include Florida, Edmonton, Dallas, Montreal, Boston, Vegasangel, Washington, Toronto, columbus And vancouver,

There could also be very interesting players placed at a discount next month.

2. How do the lines move?

as long as nothing has changed athletic sat down with evson last weekWild’s prolific top line from 2021-22 Kirill Kaprizov, Ryan Hartman And matt zucarello remain intact.

but with the greenway on the shelf, which takes its place on the left Joel Ericsson Me And Marcus Foligno,

There will be many experiments in the camp, but Evans said tyson jostow Get the initial look. Jost arrived in a business from Colorado nico sturmo Last season but never got much chance beyond the fourth line. This will not only be their big shot at getting the increased minutes, but will also contribute aggressively while helping to maintain their identity as a shutdown trio.

We all know about Evans’ affinity for Freddie Goudreau. He feels that he can play anywhere. Later Matt BoldyArriving last January, Goudreau concentrated a powerful line with Fiala and Boldi.

But just to show you just how much opportunity Wilde is giving Rossi to make the team, Goudreau is expected to start a left-wing training camp, so Rossi and Sam Steele Can be tried on that center spot next to the boldy.

Conor Dewar And Brandon Duhaim Will book the fourth row. If Rossi makes the team, Steele could take center spot there. But don’t be surprised if we hear a lot about Nick Payton Even in the camp. The 27-year-old center has 154 games of NHL experience and could propel the team to 12th or 13th place.

Remember, many plans can be changed if Guerin is able to make it past the opener.

3. And what about defense pairs?

In last week’s Q&A, Evans dropped some news when he said that Wild plans to break up the top two defense pairs and open camp.

Longtime Staples and Off-Ice Besties Jonas Brodin And Matt Dumb Will not open camp together.

Instead, Brodin will be paired with the captain. Jared Spurgeon While dumba will start with Jake MiddletonJoe Capo Kahkonen arrived in business from San Jose last season.

“We think it might give us the opportunity to play spurges and broads against the higher, higher-, higher-end guys, speed-wise, and then against those two other slightly more, grittier, heavier groups. ,” said Evans.

So we’ll see how it looks.

Meryl Hurt, Alex Goligoski Will likely open camp on Edison’s left. It will be interesting to see how it plays out in the camp between Edison and Lady Sustro6-foot-8 right-shot defenseman with 361 games of NHL experience.

Guerin talks as if he plans to team up for Sustr. He is a quality penalty killer, which was a big drop for Wilde last season. But Edison is a power-play guy, and Wilde’s power play was disappointing last season as well.

So this could be a true camp fight.

4. What PP and PK adjustments we will see?

Evans indicated that we will see personnel changes on the Power Play but not as many planned changes. Obviously, it will be interesting to see how Wilde works in newcomers like Boldy and Rossi and Edison. When they played together in Iowa, Boldy and Rossi had good chemistry on the power play and each played half the wall. Edison quarterbacked the power play there.

On the penalty kill, Evson indicated that Wilde – the passive way too often last season – would be a lot more aggressive. But he also wants his players to stop with the frustration not to leave the field and often end up in the back of the net. Part of the design of Wilde’s tweed penalty kill system would be to give players more passing options inside the defensive zone.

5. Will Rossi make the team?

Rossi had a very non-training camp last September, which was no blow. After her health scare last winter, she had to take several months off – not only playing hockey, but also skating and working out. This led to a short period of training.

But after nearly one point per game last season at Iowa, Rossi worked all the way through this season to prepare for camp. He is so motivated that he told his family not to think about the season coming well so that he can focus solely on building the team.

The Wild Inn wants to see Rossi stand out in both practice and exhibition games over the next few weeks.

A space was left vacant for them. The door is wide open. Now it’s time to take advantage of it.

Expected lines and defense added to open camp


Line lw C rw


Kirill Kaprizov ($9M)

Ryan Hartman ($1.7M)

Matt Zucarello ($6M)


Tyson Jost ($2M)

Joel Ericsson I ($5.25M)

Marcus Foligno ($3.1M)


Freddie Goudreau ($1.2M)

Marco Rossi ($863,333)

Matt Boldy ($880K+)


Conor Dewar ($800K)

Sam Steele ($825K)

Brandon Duhaime ($750K)


*Jordan Greenway ($3M)

vying for the spot: Rossi ($863,333), Nick Peyton ($762,500), Adam Beckman ($894,167), Michelle Chaffee ($750,000), Mason Shaw ($750,000), Nick Swaney ($750,000), Joseph Cramarosa ($750,000), sammy walker ($855,000), Brandon Baddock ($750,000), Steven Fogarty ($750,000), Damien Giroux ($818,833), Sam Hentges ($855,000), Vladislav Firstov ($925,000), Pavel Novak ($846,667)**.

* Greenway is coming off two off-season surgeries and is expected to miss the start of the season.

** Nowaki cancer is detectedfinished chemotherapy and told athletic He will be examined by doctors in two weeks on Sunday.


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Jonas Brodin ($6M)

Jared Spurgeon ($7.575M)


Jake Middleton ($2.45M)

Matt Dumba ($6M)


Alex Goligoski ($2M)

Callen Edison ($795K)


*John Merrill ($1.2M)

Lady Sastra ($750K)

vying for the spot: Edison ($795,000), Sustr ($750,000), Dakota Bullet ($750,000), Joe Hicketts ($750,000), Demon Hunt ($850,833), Ryan O’Rourke ($866,667), Simon Johansson ($855,000).

* Merrill is coming off off-season surgery and will hopefully miss the start of the season.


Marc-Andre Fleury ($3.5 million)

Philip Gustavson ($787,500)

vying for the spot: Zane McIntyre ($750,000), jesper walstead ($925,000), hunter jones ($825,833).

cap space

Salary-Cap Hit: $64,018,333

Dead-Cap Fees (Zack Parris/Ryan Sutter): $12,743,588

Salary cap for the 2022-23 season: $82.5 million

Wild’s Hat Roof: $69,756,412

Salary-Cap Space: $5,738,079 (excluding Rossi, Edison, Sustr or other potentially team-forming roster candidates)

(Top photo of Jared Spurgeon and Kirill Kaprizov: Bres Hemmelgorn / USA today)

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