29 NHL teams have a chance to sign Blake Wheeler. Starting tomorrow if my math is right. Here are the numbers:
- 44gp, 15-20-35, 72pims at UMINN.
- 82gp, 11-15-26, 72pims (Desjardins NHLE).
I believe the outer marker in terms of dollars is less than $900,000. Wheeler will make less with his new team than he would have earned by signing with Phoenix. His agent says he isn’t chasing money, he just wants to have input into where he plays.
There have been suggestions that he wants to play close to home, and that would mean he signs with the Minnesota Wild. He’s a college man so he must be smart, so teams like Detroit, Pittsburgh, Dallas and Philadelphia should be in the mix. And unless Cliff Fletcher has completely lost it, the Leafs will be in there like a dirty shirt.
As for the Oilers, whenever these free agents come available and the question is asked of management the reply usually involves “50 contracts.”
He’d be a nice addition to the talent pool.