The Minnesota Wild perhaps won more than any other team that lost in the Stanley Cup playoffs as despite losing in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference semifinals, just about everyone in the NHL gave the Wild a standing ovation as they exited the playoffs as it’s generally accepted that they have finally arrived as a legitimate franchise in the NHL.
But while the Wild won while still losing, they will face an offseason in which their roster loses some of it’s bigger names and it seems each day brings a new veteran not expected to come back. After hearing that it’s unlikely we’ll see Dany Heatley, Mike Rupp or Nate Prosser back in 2014-15, we can similarly expect Matt Moulson to exit this summer as well.
According to Michael Russo from the Star Tribune, the Minnesota Wild have likely seen Matt Moulson play his last game in one of their uniforms.
Moulson didn’t really contribute to the Wild’s postseason run the way the team would have liked him to and it was a case where he just didn’t fit into the lines he was on. It’s not something vicious where Moulson is leaving on bad terms, but he simply isn’t a fit for the Wild and both sides seem to know it.
He’ll be a top veteran free agent and it was unlikely that he’d re-sign in Minnesota anyways, but now the Wild have a better idea of the type of player they need to fill his role and Moulson has a better idea of what sort of team he fits on and will pursue in his free agency this summer.