The Minnesota Wild have 14 restricted 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 restricted free agent center Jarod Palmer.
Number – 79; Height – 6-0; Weight – 200; Hometown – Fridley, Minnesota; 2011-12 Salary – $735,000. Qualifying Offer – $771,750.
Statistics: six games played, one goal, minus-two rating and four penalty minutes (Minnesota Wild); 35 games played, five goals, six assists, plus-seven rating and 27 penalty minutes (Houston Aeros).
Strengths: He is a good skating, tough, physical on-ice leader. He is not afraid of contact and will play a physical game in the offensive zone. He has the skills to score off the rush or around the net.
Weaknesses: He is not an elite offensive player and may not have one outstanding trait. He needs to improve his consistency and strength.
Outlook: He made a good impression after getting called up, but suffered a concussion in the same game he scored his first career NHL goal. He is a future secondary scoring option on the second or third line. He has potential, but is his qualifying offer is a little high. The Wild may try to get something done without qualifying him.