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Five Free Agents the Minnesota Wild Should Target This Offseason

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2014 NHL Free Agency: Five Players the Minnesota Wild Should Target

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The Minnesota Wild look likely to make the playoffs for the second straight year, but they still have needs that need to be addressed this offseason.

A roster overhaul is not needed, but here are five free agents the Wild should target this summer.

5. D Willie Mitchell

Willie Mitchell
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5. D Willie Mitchell

Willie Mitchell
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Mitchell spent time with the Wild early in his career, and at age 37 before the end of this month it’s possible he’d like to end his career in Minnesota.

4. D Brooks Orpik

Brooks Orpik
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4. D Brooks Orpik

Brooks Orpik
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Orpik has spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and he would bring size (6’2”, 219 lbs.) and physical play to a Minnesota blue line that needs more of both.

3. G Jaroslav Halak

Jaroslav Halak
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3. G Jaroslav Halak

Jaroslav Halak
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The Wild had interest in Halak at the trade deadline this year, and free agency will give them a second chance to secure a potential goalie of the future (29 in May) that has some playoff experience.

2. LW Thomas Vanek

Thomas Vanek
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2. LW Thomas Vanek

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Vanek’s Minnesota ties are well-known, as he went to college at the University of Minnesota and he makes his offseason home in the state. The Wild need a true sniper to bolster their offense, and if Vanek is willing to take a deal a bit below his market value there is a potential fit here.

1. G Brian Elliott

Brian Elliott
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1. G Brian Elliott

Brian Elliott
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Elliott struggled coming out of last season’s lockout and was in a timeshare in goal for the St. Louis Blues this season before they acquired Ryan Miller. It’s worth remembering that Elliott led the league in goals against average (1.56) in 2011-2012, and he’ll hit free agency at age 29 with presumably a lot left in the tank.