The Wild will need to move salary to extend Fiala
The Wild have 17 players under contract for next season and only $8 million in cap space. They have over $12 million in dead cap space after the buyouts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. It’s going to be a challenge to fit in a Fiala extension.
The status of 10 coaches who are not under contract for next season
Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic: There are 10 NHL coaches who are in limbo as either on an expiring deal or have an option.
Derek King – Chicago Blackhawks – Expiring contact – A source said it’s 50-50 that he’s back next season. A short-term deal for the rebuilding Hawks makes sense.
Rick Bowness – Dallas Stars – Expiring contract – He could retire after the season.
Jeff Blashill – Detroit Red Wings – Could be an option, nothing confirmed – Believe the extension he signed last May for one-year plus an option. No sense in which direction the Red Wings are leaning.
Jay Woodcroft – Edmonton Oilers – Expiring contract – The Oilers have played well since Woodcroft took over for Dave Tippett. It would be a surprise if he’s not back. He could get a three-year deal.
Andrew Brunette – Florida Panthers – Expiring contract – Has the Panthers in first place in the East after taking over from Joel Quenneville on October 28th. Would be a shock if he’s not brought back.
Martin St. Louis – Montreal Canadiens – Expiring contract – If St. Louis wants to be back, he’ll be back. All up to him. How much he gets on his contract will be interesting.
John Hynes – Nashville Predators – Club option – Believe that Hynes will be back with the Predators picking up the option or extending him to a new deal.
Mike Yeo – Philadelphia Flyers – Expiring contract – Took over for Alain Vigneault on December 6th. Get the sense that they could go a different direction but keep Yeo within the organization.
Bruce Boudreau – Vancouver Canucks – Option – Not 100 percent sure but believe that he’ll be back.
Dave Lowry – Winnipeg Jets – Expiring contract – Could see the Jets going a different direction. They had high expectations heading into the season.
The Blackhawks are at home against the Flyers and are
-140 on the moneyline with Betway