The fact every single Minnesota AGM sees him coming to Buffalo means you think he’s garbage so we think he’s garbage too, or you wouldn’t be trading him away. I have yet to see any argument why Minnesota wouldn’t want to trade him. That’s probably because he’s a $4 million third line center That buffalo wouldn’t need because Casey Mittelstadt is already a better one.”
We need to move cap. Plain and simple. Like Raz said, if he was paid $2 million, you wouldn't see almost anybody complaining about his play. The reason he's usually thrown in these deals is because we can't just magically add a $10 million cap hit without money going back. Realistically, the trade isn't going to involve 4 low salary guys and futures. The math just doesn't work out. That's why you see Dumba and Rask put in there so often. They both provide some value while also making the cap work. The idea of "well just go trade them somewhere else to clear cap because it's not our problem" is a lazy take. Look at nearly any trade for a high profile player. There's almost always either salary retained or a contract sent back for the purpose of balancing the cap. Both Rask and Dumba would likely hurt us the least to lose when you factor in the value of the cap space that trading them would open up. Plus, Rask only has 1 more year on his contract so it's not like we're trying to saddle you with Skinner's $9 million for 6 more seasons.
Also, I get that you're frustrated that your team is perpetually rebuilding and can't get into wildcard contention which means you want an absurd return for Eichel, but realistically, when a player wants out, you lose a bit of leverage in trade negotiations. There's no way in hell that you are going to be able to pry Eriksson Ek, Ross, and Fiala from us in addition to two 1st round picks. That's a one sided fantasy that actually makes the Wild worse long term. Eriksson Ek is our only center I could honestly see playing on the 2nd line of a team with actual center depth and he will very likely get Selke votes this year. Rightfully so, Guerin loves him and wouldn't want to be moving him. If we traded him for Eichel, we'd still only have 1 high quality center which means we are largely in the same spot we're in right now. At least we have reinforcements in the pipeline, right? Nope, because you just took our top center prospect in Rossi. He's is arguably our top prospect and definitely our only center prospect who is reasonably close to seeing time in the NHL. Khusnutdinov has another year in the KHL then may require additional time in Iowa so he's of no use right now. All our other center prospects either project to be bottom 6 guys or aren't ready to help next year. When it comes to Fiala, part of why he's so valuable is because having him in the lineup pulls some attention away from Kaprizov and spreads out the opponent's defense (can't hard match both) and opens up more scoring opportunities. Losing him likely also hurts Kaprizov. Add in 2 picks in the first round and not only are you taking away players that contribute for us now (Eriksson Ek and Fiala), and a player who will hopefully contribute soon (Rossi), but you're also cutting into our future by taking our 2 first round picks. That's a hell of a lot of mortgaging the future hoping that Eichel can be the savior and the 1 piece keeping us from getting the cup. It really wouldn't be worth it because the trade 100% favors Buffalo.