Jordan Greenway Traded at Deadline; Wild Acquire Sundqvist, Klingberg in Separate Deals
The Minnesota Wild have traded Jordan Greenway to the Buffalo Sabres for a 2023 2nd round pick (via Vegas Golden Knights) and 2024 5th round pick, according to multiple reports. This deal shouldn’t come as a surprise. Not after Greenway’s poor season both on (2 goals, 5 assists) and off the ice.
Sabres sending 2023 2nd and 2024 5th to Wild for Greenway https://t.co/PyQaRggb18— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) March 3, 2023
Wild deal for Oskar Sundqvist
In a separate deal with the Detroit Red Wings, GM Bill Guerin traded away a 2023 4th round pick for 28-year-old depth winger, Oskar Sundqvist, to replace Greenway. Sundqvist has 7 goals and 14 assists on the season and has never topped 31 points in his career.
Sounds like Oskar Sundqvist is heading to the Wild— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) March 3, 2023
Wild acquire John Klingberg at bell
Then, just when it looked like the dust had settled, Guerin went back to the drawing board again, this time sending a 2025 5th rounder to the Anaheim Ducks for 30-year-old defenseman, John Klingberg (8 goals and 16 assists). Klingberg is known for his offense. He played most of his career in Dallas, where he earned an All-Star spot in 2018.
John Klingberg has been traded to Minnesota, the Ducks got it in just under the wire— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) March 3, 2023
John Klingberg return: #mnwild sending 4th in 2025, Andrej Sustr and rights to Nesterenko. Ducks retaining half the salary of Klingberg.— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithNHL) March 3, 2023
Are the Wild deep all of a sudden?
That means both Alex Goligoski and Matt Dumba will remain on a roster that now looks extremely deep. While Guerin may not have been able to add a game-changing scorer or playmaking centerman like many fans hoped, he certainly made them more equipped to handle a run to and through the Western Conference playoffs. Especially should Nyquist be healthy and up to task before the postseason starts.
With #mnwild acquiring John Klingberg, they'll carry 8 D with Alex Goligoski staying put. As I reported this morning, it felt like they'd want a D and were willing to move Goligoski if he wanted. Now that he's staying, Goligoski/Addison may be the extras once Jonas Brodin is back— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) March 3, 2023
All acquisitions on Friday were for rental players on expiring contracts. The Wild did not retain any of Jordan Greenway’s salary so his trade will free up $3 million both of the next two seasons. The Wild will look to continue their hot streak on Saturday vs the drowning Calgary Flames.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan