The move to retain their rights was made Tuesday. Minnesota did not make a qualifying offer to forwards Joel Broda or Benn Ferriero, making them free agents when the NHL market opens Friday. Ferriero was acquired in a draft-day trade with the New York Rangers for defenceman Justin Falk. The Wild also received a 2014 sixth-round pick in that deal.
Spurgeon, a top-four blue-liner last season, is the most important of the Wild's restricted free agents. Center Matt Cullen is their most prominent unrestricted free agent, but there might not be enough room under the salary cap to re-sign him.
It was kind of touching. I didn't know really what to expect. I'm very appreciative and thankful for the people that supported me in my time here ... as I said, we'll move back to the area at some point in our life.
— Toronto coach Randy Carlyle on the video tribute and ovation he received in his first game back in Anaheim, a 3-1 win for the Maple Leafs