The Wild has re-signed one of its unrestricted free agents.
In his first move as the acting general manager, Tom Lynn — who negotiated every contract anyway in his previous role as assistant GM — signed defenseman John Scott to a one-year, $550,000 contract.
The 6-foot-8 Scott had one assist in 20 games this season, providing a physical presence on a non-physical blue line.
The Wild’s other notable unsigned unrestricted free agents are Marian Gaborik, Martin Skoula, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Kurtis Foster and Stephane Veilleux.
A few days ago, this signing would have meant that the Wild have made a decision on one of their 5th or 6th d-men. Today, I’m not so sure. Assistant GM Tom Lynn has made this signing and it has been confirmed by Russo that this is a one-way contract. One thing that we do know is that Lynn might be on his way out in Minnesota and the team’s new GM may have a different opinion ofScott’s abilities. One thing is for sure, though. Scott is a physical presence on the team’s blueline; something that they desperately need.
Now don’t get me wrong; I love the big guy. He brought something to our team that we have never had before and he actually made forwards skate through the neutral zone with their heads up. Keeping that in mind, however, Scott is not the world’s greatest skater nor is he very fleet of foot. All of this adds up to the fact that he might be the odd man out if the team begins playing a more up tempo style of hockey. Although he’s never going to be more than a third-pairing defenseman, Ithink that Scott can contribute a lot to this team in the way of a physical presence and I think that he could find himself logging regular minutes next season in the right system.
With this signing in mind, here is our current line up without any of our free agents:
I will continue to provide updated rosters as the Wild sign and trade players.