Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin has made a statement that is unlikely to reassure his roster supporters about forward Kevin Fiala's future.
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“We would love to have Kevin back. However, I don't know if this will be possible. I am uncertain. We can do everything, but at what cost?” said the DG on Tuesday, whose remarks were reported by the sports site The Athletic.
Fiala will become a restricted free agent this summer. In 2021-2022, he had the best season of his career with 33 goals and 52 assists for 85 bridges in 82 games.
He signed a one-year deal earning him $5.1 million this season.
The Wild will be greatly mortgaged by the buyouts of the contracts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in the coming years, which will account for more than $12 million in 2022-2023 and $14 million in 2023-2024 on the club's payroll. According to the specialized site capfriendly.com, the Minnesota organization has only $ 1.5 million under the salary cap for the next campaign.
Fiala has been a member of the Wild since Guerin acquired the Nashville Predators for forward Mikael Granlund in February 2019. He was the Preds' first-round pick (11th overall) in the draft. 2014.