NHL Rumors: Washington Capitals and Minnesota Wild

NHL Rumors: Washington Capitals and Minnesota Wild

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T.J. Oshie of the Washington and Mikko Koivu of the Minnesota Wild
On the Washington Capitals …

J.J. Regan of CSN Mid Atlantic: T.J. Oshie is a pending unrestricted free agent and has put up a career high 29 goals. Oshie will get plenty of interest if he hits the open market this summer. The Capitals will likely want to get Oshie re-signed before free agency kicks off on July 1st.

Oshie admits he’s thought about it, but he’s trying to be more concerned with their play.

“When you have a wife and two kids, you have to think about it a little bit, but anyone that knows me knows that I’m extremely present,” Oshie said.

“It’s always in the back of your mind where you’re going to be because I have a family to think about,” he added, “But, same token, I’m just approaching every day to come have fun at the rink, get better and do something special.”

The 30-year old Oshie makes $4.5 million this season and will be one of the top free agents on the market. He’ll be looking for a raise on likely his last big contract.

On the Minnesota Wild …

Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild’s 2016 1st round pick (15th overall), Luke Kunin, had his season come to an end last Saturday.

The Wild are giving Kunin some time to unwind from a long, hard season according to his advisor Brett Peterson.

Peterson said there is no timetable on a decision to sign with the Wild or return to the University of Wisconsin for his junior season. Peterson wouldn’t say which way Kunin could be leaning, but people that Russo has spoken with over the past couple months think that Kunin will go pro.

Kunin scored 22 goals this season, up from 19 last year. He recorded 38 points this year in 35 games, up from 32 points in 34 games last year.