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Crazy NHL Summer

July 25, 2022, 7:44 AM ET [12 Comments]
Dan Wallace
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An interesting NHL off-season is an understatement to say the least.

Many of the moves that have been made are head scratching and several were knee jerk reactions.

Tkachuk to Florida for a Flames ransome, Vegas sending Paccioretti AND Coghlin to Carolina for "future considerations", Gaudreau to Columbus, and the roster fallout that followed, headline the wild Summer 0f 2022. There are so many other signings that GMs made that will have lasting effects on their respective teams for years to come.

Bill Guerin has not ventured down that path, partly due to his team's current cap situation. Some can argue that Guerin did make a similar move last Summer, when he bought out both Suter and Parise. The argument against that for Guerin is that these moves were calculated and came with a strategic plan.

The initial return on the risky Guerin moves were a record breaking regular season for the Wild despite another first round exit once the bright lights of the playoffs came up. That said, Guerin's plan is working and he is not adjusting it haphazardly, and the Wild are clearly on the right track.

They have a deep prospect pool and can build with pieces from that talent pool and also utilize that organizational depth to bolster the team moving forward.

The old adage of one cannot win the Stanley Cup in the Summer, but can certainly lose it, may not be more appropriate than the Summer of 2022. We will wait and see how many of these signings and trades play out over the 82 game season and playoffs to determine the real winners and losers.

For now all signs point to the Wild being in a very good place, with a strong team that is ready to compete and remain a force in the Central Division and Western Conference.
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