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.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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