The Minnesota Wild have 11 unrestricted free agents.
Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher and head coach Mike Yeo have a decision to make on all the free agents.
The Wild currently have 31 players under contract for next season; each team is allowed a maximum of 50.
With the 19 remaining contracts, at least one will be used on drafted players that have expiring rights this summer. Also, there is cap space to try and lure a big name free agent or two to Minnesota.
Here is unrestricted free agent center Erik Christensen.
Number – 26; Height – 6-1; Weight – 200; Hometown – Edmonton, Alberta; 2011-12 Salary – $925,000.
Statistics: 29 games played, six goals, one assist, minus-13 rating and six penalty minutes (Minnesota Wild); 20 games played, one goal, four assists, zero rating and two penalty minutes (New York Rangers); five games played, two goals, one assist, zero rating and eight penalty minutes (Connecticut Whale).
Strength: He is an offensively gifted forward with good hands, a good shot and quick release.
Weakness: He is not an elite offensive player. He is inconsistent and doesn’t always play with full energy or effort.
Outlook: The Wild acquired him from the Rangers thinking he could provide a scoring lift. It took him 15 games played and several healthy scratched games to break through. He did not provide what the Wild were looking for and is unlikely to be re-signed. If the Wild brings him back, it would probably be a low risk (small salary and two-way) contract. He will probably get a better deal elsewhere.