Friedman/TFP – Fiala Trade Rumours, Habs In The Running

The Minnesota Wild have been engaged in trade talks involving winger Kevin Fiala for some time and those discussions appear to be heating up. And according to NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman, things are intensifying on that front, eight days to the NHL Draft.

And as reported by The Fourth Period, the Montreal Canadiens are one of the potential destination for the Wild’s pending RFA with arbitration rights. Other teams in the running are reportedly the Los Angeles Kings, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils, among others. Kent Hughes has a good relationship with Wild’s GM Bill Guerin. The two teams completed a minor trade last year which saw Andrew Hammond coming to Montreal for AHL tough guy Brandon Baddock.

The 5-foot 10-inches, 204 lbs winger had a breakthrough season last year in Minnesota, tallying 33 goals, 52 assists for 85 points in 82 games. The 25 year-old earned $5.1 million last season and is due for a substantial pay raise. The Wild has over $12.7 million tied up in cap space due to the buyouts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

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Guérin: Petry and Hoffman to Dallas?

This is not coming from our regular reputable NHL Insiders so take it for what it is. But self-proclaimed Insider Maxim Guérin had an interesting tweet earlier today. We have been reporting for a while now that the Dallas Stars had interest in Canadiens’ defenseman Jeff Petry, particularly if the Stars feel like they won’t be able to agree to term with pending UFA John Klingberg.

Guérin advances that according to the information he received, Dallas also wants a forward to replace Alexander Radulov. He suggests that the forward in question could be none other than Mike Hoffman.

Guérin goes on to say that Kent Hughes wants a first round pick. Dallas is set to speak 18th at the upcoming Draft. He also claims that three teams are interested in Petry. Pierre LeBrun recently said that 5-6 teams had contacted the Canadiens for their veteran defenseman.

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