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Wild 2017 RFA Tracker: November Update

The Wild have three key restricted free agents at the end of the season, and with the salary cap not expected to go up a whole lot next year, the Wild will more than likely be forced to part ways with one of those RFAs. Every month, we will look at how these players are doing and look at what their status might be for returning next season.
Erik Haula
Age: 25
Cap Hit: $1,000,000
2016-17 Stats: 15 GP, 4 G, 3 A, 7 P
Stats Since Last Update: 11 GP, 3 G, 2 A, 5 P

After returning from a lower body injury, Haula has been a mainstay as the team’s third line center through the month of November. Haula had been relatively invisible until head coach Bruce Boudreau decided to reunited the highly productive Pominville-Haula-Niederreiter line, and he has been much better ever since. Haula has tallied three points in the past two games, including a goal in each game. If Haula's line stays intact, expect his stats to continue to rise steadily.

Mikael Granlund
Age: 24
Cap Hit: $3,000,000
2016-17 Stats: 22 GP, 5 G, 9 A, 14 P
Stats since last update: 15 GP, 5 G, 6 A, 11 P

There has perhaps been no better forward on the Wild in November, than Mikael Granlund. No Wild player registered more points over the month than Granlund did, as he regained his form on the wing that we saw at the end of 2015-16 under John Torchetti. Granlund is now tied for third on the team in points (with Nino Niederreiter) and only trails Eric Staal (5) with four power play assists this season. A great month for a player who the Wild certainly put a lot of stock into over the seasons, and now the key for him will be to carry this play on through the remainder of the season.

Nino Niederreiter
Age: 24
Cap Hit: $2,666,667
2016-17 Stats: 22 GP, 7 G, 7 A, 14 P
Stats since last update: 15 GP, 6 G, 4 A, 10 P

Much like Granlund, it was a very productive month for Niederreiter after a slow start to the season. Six of the 10 points Niederreiter tallied in November, came over the past five games. This has been largely due to the before mentioned reuniting of the Pominville-Haula-Niederreiter line, which has been the team’s best line during that stretch. Since the last update, Niederreiter has not seen an increase in ice time (14:23 ATOI on the season) during the past month, but he has just made the most out of it.

Say the season ended today and you were in the general manager;s chair. Which one (or more) of these players do you try and move, and which one(s) do you try and keep? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Brett Marshall
Dec 01 2016 12:18 PM
I think you have to deal Haula. Nino and Granlund provide more value and I think with guys like Eriksson Ek & Tuch in the system and Groavac on the rise, I think Haula can be more easily replaced
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