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Would Kevin Fiala Be A Fit For The Wings?

Kevin Fiala will have RFA status this summer and the Wild may have diffculty signing him.

He'l  be 26 in July, is 5' 10' and hade 33 goals and 85 points this year.  Any interest?

 

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I’d be interested but I haven’t watched a ton of him to really know if he seems like a good fit.  His stats look good though.

Posted by ThatGuy on 05/18/22 at 11:45 AM ET

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He played mostly 2nd line minutes and 1st pp. He can drive offense for sure but he disappeared in playoffs. He put up most of those points without an elite center on his line

He would definitely be an upgrade to the top 6. Bump Fabbri down to the 3rd line where he probably belongs. Zadina being the odd man out, since he can’t really produce even on the 3rd line, include him in the trade.

SY would have to include a good prospect or a high pick so I doubt he makes this one. MIN needs low cap, cost controlled guys for the next few years

Posted by SauceBoss on 05/18/22 at 12:17 PM ET

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He’s a second-half kind of guy.  Literally 75% of his points production comes after the all-star break.  He’d be an upgrade though.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 05/18/22 at 01:33 PM ET

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No way will you get him from Minnesota, dreamers!

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 05/18/22 at 06:34 PM ET

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They can’t sign him with their cap problems. I’d be leery of taking him because honestly at his age all he’d do is hurt our draft odds while not getting us any closer to a Cup.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/18/22 at 07:10 PM ET

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@ Chet: he is the same age as Larkin and one younger than Bertuzzi. If we want to compete with the Larkin/Bertuzzi core, than Fiala perfectly fits age-wise.

Posted by a_k_l on 05/19/22 at 09:49 AM ET

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The cost to acquire him, in terms of picks or prospects will be too high. I’d rather they wait and see what their own forward prospects can do and supplement via UFA.

I’d rather find a bigger physical forward anyway.

Posted by evileye on 05/19/22 at 10:23 AM ET

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I think the answer is always the same, yes, Fiala will be a good addition, but how much it will cost to obtain him and how much $ and term he will require on a new contract.

Posted by VPalmer on 05/19/22 at 01:39 PM ET

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