Once Matt Boldy signed his seven-year, $49 million contract, we were thrilled. Almost every single hockey player Minnesota Wild The fans can tell that they have believed in the talent of a very good player for a long time. But as the days have passed since Monday’s deal, we now understand that we have to understand that this could mean some discomfort in the short term.
Since it wasn’t the expected bridge deal with Boldy – which would have capped it at around $4-5 million instead of $7 million – the budget for the next two years (due to Suter and Parise’s infamous buyouts) gets a bit tighter.
Wild will need to pinch every penny and accurately calculate the transactions they can make over the next two years. That means replacing players with contracts that are slightly bloated compared to what they serve on the ice. While it might be painful to say it to us, that means Jordan Greenway.
Greenway has been a mainstay in the Wild’s six-forward quarterback combo, as well as a major cog in the machine with Joel Eriksson Ek and Marcus Foligno. This trio outperforms almost any team they play against no matter what, so losing part of this streak could be risky but Wild GM Bill Guerin seems to be considering the risk.
it has been has been confirmed That Wild Greenway is shopping around the league to see if any team wants the 6-foot-6 physical winger who has two years left on his contract this season and has a $3 million cap. By moving from Greenway, it would provide a significant amount of cap space for Guerin to tackle re-signing the mountain of restricted free agents – Addison, Steel, Gustavsson, Shaw and Duhaime – with the already limited space they have.
Other than cap space, what does the Wild get in return for a player like Greenway? He only has six points through 26 games, so he’s not playing his best hockey right now, but let’s take a look at some recent deals featuring not-so-great players with more or less similar contracts.
We have to factor in Greenway’s lack of performance, with him still only 25 years old, the term and money remaining on his contract, his past performances and promise as a player. Let’s take a look at some transactions!
Luke take it San Jose Sharks
A trade that Luke Kunin was involved in but didn’t involve Wild is one we can most likely see as a similar move. Kunin is the same age as Greenway, still has a grip on the team (even though he was RFA at the time of the trade) and hasn’t been very well while playing for Nashville Predators.
The whole combination of a similar player is there and there’s a Greenway physicality – something teams dream of – balancing out production and contract teams.
Anyway, the Predators in turn got a third-round pick in 2023 and John Leonard to Konin, and Leonard is basically just out for a contract total. Something to think about.
Tyson Ghost to the Minnesota Wild
Ah, a trade we totally know. We picked this one as an example because it goes a different route than the Konin deal but is still similar. As we all know, Nico Storm went on to Colorado Avalanche in this individual transaction. Sturm was a suspended UFA hire for the Avalanche, but Jost had one more year left on his contract with nearly double the cap ($2 million USD). So, in terms of contract states, this more or less matches.
Also, Jost still holds that pedigree of being a former first-round pick and was young enough that the Wild can take a gamble that he’ll improve with more opportunities. While Greenway was a former second-round pick, the same can still be said of the big wing.
Andreas Johnson Tho New Jersey Devils
the Toronto Maple Leafs They were dealing with cover issues in the off-season and needed to offload some players on the cheap. Andreas Johnson was a good player for them in the bottom six as a scoring option, but with two years left on his deal and a cap of $3.4 million, it was very expensive. Sounds familiar!
In exchange for Johnsson, the Leafs got one player from the New Jersey Devils: Joey Anderson who was four years younger but also unproven as a player. Two years later, Anderson played a total of 13 games for the Leafs. This was a pure dump with few frills of a young player’s potential.
It might not be a good idea to deal with Greenway in a deal like that, but maybe that’s how realistic it is. A non-playoff team want a young player with some terms remaining for some stability in their roster and potential to do better in a new environment.
Caspri Kabanin Thu Pittsburgh Penguins
On the other side of the real-life coin, we’re involving the Leafs again and the wanted they got for Kasperi Kapanen of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Kapanen is a better player than Greenway and was seen as a possible answer for the Penguins to get younger in the top six. Maybe not, but that was their thought process. At the time of the trade, Kapanen was 24 years old (Greenway’s junior) and had two years left on his contract which carried a cap of up to $3.2 million from AAV, but would also have remained an RFA upon expiration.
In exchange for Kapanen and two AHLers (to settle contracts), the Leafs earned a 2020 first-round Penguins pick who ended up finishing 15th overall, one of the best future prospects in Filip Hallander, and two other AHLers. That’s a full load and it won’t be anywhere near what Wild gets for Greenway, probably.
In terms of Greenway, Kapanen was a better scorer, was in more control of the team (Greenway will be UFA’s when his contract expires), and was generally more promising.
But what do these four deals mean for Wild and Jordan Greenway? Well, basically, his trade could be anywhere from a team wanting more long-term security on their roster, or just plain and simple cap blowing. In general, you have to imagine that the Wild will get more for the player in the summer, when all teams will have more space to play and can play with their roster more.
We’ll just have to see, but what if it moved before the March 3 trading deadline? We do some math and see which teams might want to get Greenway before the supplement push or just to get it early.
Who might be interested in the deadline?
Almost every team in the playoffs has no cap space, but a wide range of teams can use a player like Greenway. Let’s solve some puzzles.
Almost immediately, when we think of a team that might be interested in Greenway, the Vancouver Canucks pop into our heads. Management has repeatedly said that they do not want to rebuild and want to focus on acquiring younger players. Well, Greenway is your man to do both! In addition, they undoubtedly love to add physical strength to their menu.
Right now, the Canucks have roughly $1.4 million in max space at the deadline, but that’s also before Bo Horvat’s deal is done and he gets plenty of space for the rest of the season. We’d quite like Greenway to be involved in a deal for Horvat in some way, but we’re not sure Wild wants to do that because it would be a pure rental scenario.
So if Horvat goes to another team, the Canucks can just use an option to take him back and send him to Minnesota for his beloved Greenway.
We’re just preying on old Lou Lamoriello for now. The Islanders will have approximately $6.8 million in cap space on March 3, so they can get it without any player on the roster going the other way. Plus, they don’t have any significant stretches to sign this summer, so Greenway can rest there without anything to worry about.
We also know the Islanders want to push hard to make the playoffs because they are currently just one point away from the Wild Card spot.
On the other hand? Just choose or prospect please.
The Jets have a similar cap structure to the Islanders, since they have plenty of room on deadline day, but they could honestly use a player like Greenway. After the first six attackers group, they are not absolutely stable, and any player who does not make a lot of money can play that night. At Greenway, they’ll have some sense of stability in their mid-six over the next couple of years and the only contract extension they need to worry about is Pierre-Luc Dubois’ contract this summer.
They are a rare playoff team that has cap space, unlike the Wild. Does Guerin want to send Greenway to a team they can take on in the playoffs? I’m not very sure about that.
We brought these two teams together because they have the same goals and the same current situation. Both teams are not in the playoffs and have a better chance of missing out than qualifying this season, But They are very much done rebuilding and want to get better.
Both have plenty of cap space and some selections and prospects to spare for a player young enough to make the schedule work with their other young players, but also not an unknown commodity. This would be a trade for the future, but it can be done at any time and makes perfect sense.
It’s not the Swordsmen or Senators buying this season, but just getting it earlier this summer.
With a Greenway contract, it might make sense for any team with a lot of space to inquire about the player. Even terrible Chicago Blackhawks or Arizona Coyotes Need players to play with and instead of throwing their younger players into the NHL, Greenway can create a nice little buffer where they can still stay well enough to hang out when those players are in the league.
A plethora of options and we know Wild are looking at it. It would be sad to see Greenway go after everything, but it’s the cruel world of a hard salary cap and making the list work.