Toronto Maple Leafs: Every Pending UFA in the Central Division

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Minnesota Wild

Mikko Koivu

The Minnesota Wild are facing the possibility of being without their captain for the first time in 15 years. That’s how long Mikko Koivu has been a member of the Wild. The center is about to complete the second of the two-year deal that pays him $5.5 million annually.

Having played nowhere else but Minnesota there may be an understanding between Koivu and the franchise that he will play nowhere else. It’s very special that both parties have been extremely loyal to one another.

Koivu surpassed the 1000 games mark this season. He has now played 1028 in his career. Koivu recorded 205 goals and 504 assists for a total of 709 points. This season, he had 21 points based on four goals and 17 assists in 55 games.

Alex Galchenyuk

In July of 2017, the Montreal Canadiens signed Alex Galchenyuk to a three-year deal worth $14.7 million. Since then, he’s bounced around the NHL.

Galchenyuk was first moved to the Arizona Coyotes for Max Domi. Then he was shipped to the Pittsburgh Penguins as a part of the exchange for Phil Kessel. Finally, ahead of this year’s trade deadline, Galchenyuk was moved to the Wild with Calen Addison and a first-round pick for Jason Zucker.

Galchenyuk’s three-year contract is about to be completed. He will be going into free agency having played a 59 game season that included eight goals and 16 assists for a sum of 24 points.

Carson Soucy

The only other unrestricted free agent with the Wild is defenseman Carson Soucy. His contract expires with him on the injured reserve. Soucy left a game in late February and was expected to be out for up to a month.

Teams should be confident that if they sign Soucy they’re not only getting a competent defenseman but also a healthy one.