Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Report: Could the Wild reunite Boudreau with Alexander Ovechkin?

Could the Wild swing a deal to land Ovechkin?

The Stanley Cup is wrapping up between Pittsburgh and Nashville, but there will still be plenty of storylines to follow after the season ends. The Expansion Draft takes place on June 21, followed by the entry draft two days later, and finally free agency opens on July 1.

Despite a franchise-best 106 points last season, the Wild were upset by the St. Louis Blues in the first-round of the playoffs. With an up-hill battle that is the Expansion Draft and a core of veterans getting another year older, Minnesota has some areas to address this offseason.

However, Scott Cullen of TSN.com wonders if the Wild could make a splash and reunite superstar Alexander Ovechkin with head coach Bruce Boudreau, who spent five seasons as head coach of the Capitals.

"The Wild have the horses to make an interesting offer to Washington for the superstar winger," said Cullen. "But that would be a complex deal and probably would have to occur after the expansion draft."

After the Capitals were eliminated from the playoffs, Washington's GM Brian MacLellan was asked if he would ever consider moving Ovechkin to which he said the team isn't shopping him but he would consider a "legitimate hockey deal" for the team's captain.

Ovechkin has a cap hit of more than $9.5 million for the next four years and it wont exactly be easy to acquire him.

Depending on who's still with the team after the Expansion Draft, Minnesota would probably have to package a deal involving core players like Nino Niederreiter, Mikael Granlund or Charlie Coyle on top of prized prospects Jordan Greenway, Kirill Kaprizov, or Luke Kunin.

It would take a king's ransom to pull it off, which is what the Los Angeles Kings did in 1988 to acquire some guy named Wayne Gretzky.

Although Ovechkin will be 32 in September, he'd give the Wild a legitimate superstar – something the team desperately needs.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 9.03.06 AM

Charges: Man shot Uber Eats driver making a delivery in Cottage Grove

Otis Donnell Shipp was charged with second-degree attempted murder after turning himself in on Wednesday.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 7.36.14 AM

Waterfront hotel in Duluth sustains damage in kitchen fire

Authorities estimate the damage at around $75,000.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 7.15.18 AM

Large groups of thieves target 2 Twin Cities Best Buys on Black Friday

It bears similarities to the flash-mob style thefts seen recently in California.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' winning streak snapped at five games

The Wolves' bid for their longest winning streak since 2014 came up short.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Teen arrested over fatal shooting of 5-year-old boy in Brooklyn Park

Police say the teen was filming a social media video while handling a gun.

Joe Biden

President Biden coming to Minnesota to promote Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Tuesday's trip follows passage of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

Kirill Kaprizov

Kaprizov gets into the holiday spirit to rout Jets

Kirill Kaprizov's four points led the Wild to a 7-1 victory.

Kirk Cousins

Coller: Cure to Vikings' disrupted season lies in an explosive passing game

The Vikings go to San Francisco knowing that a win would be a huge boost to their playoff hopes.

unsplash football helmet ground

Judge upholds star QBs suspension for state championship game

Sam Backer, of Chatfield Senior High, won't be allowed to play in Friday's title game.

Related

Could the Wild land Jonathan Drouin for one of their blue liners?

This isn't the first time the Wild have been linked to Drouin.

Report: Wild could target Canadiens' young 30-goal scorer

The time is ticking toward a league-wide trade freeze, which is set to start Saturday.

Everything you need to know about the Wild and the NHL Expansion Draft

Here's who the Wild could protect from Las Vegas in the expansion draft – and who they might lose.

Watch: Do Wild players send 📱🏒✌️😂- to Bruce Boudreau?

Is it a good idea to send emojis to your head coach?

Report: Big-time Wild prospect might be staying overseas for a while

Kirill Kaprizov stole the show at the World Juniors tournament last year.

Report: Free agent forward interested in playing for the Wild

Stafford played for the Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets a season ago.