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Minnesota to buy out Gilbert

Jul 3, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

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After just 63 regular-season and five playoff games, Tom Gilbert is done in Minnesota.

On Wednesday, the Wild announced they were waiving the veteran defenseman for the purpose of buying out his contract — a six-year, $24 million deal that expires at the end of the 2013-14 season.

“Due to the NHL salary cap decreasing this season, we needed to make this difficult decision to give the team more flexibility,” Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said in a statement. “We thank Tom for his time with the Wild and wish him the best going forward.”

The Wild will get $4 million in cap relief with the buyout, and pay the remainder of Gilbert’s salary — $3 million — over the course of the next two seasons.

Minnesota acquired Gilbert from Edmonton in 2012, in exchange for Nick Schultz.

The 30-year-old Minnesota native logged a heavy workload at first with the Wild — averaging over 27 minutes per game during the 2011-12 season — but became less of a factor after Ryan Suter was signed last summer and Jonas Brodin emerged as the club’s No. 2 defenseman.

Last year, Gilbert averaged just 19:19 TOI per game and finished with a minus-11 rating.

  1. tmathio - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    If only Heatley could’ve been bought out

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Heatly’s contract is a pain in the butt for the Wild. he cant skate much anymore….
      Gilbert did not play well last year either, went down hill towards the end of the season, however he and Brodziak had pneunomia just as the season started and they both lost so much weight and were so weak so maybe that had something to do with thier play as i dont think either one really recovered..
      Why does everyone want Cullen bac k??? he is going to be 37 years old and his 3.5 a year is not worth it, if he would take a cut in pay to 1.5 mil a year I woulkd take him back.
      many of these older players who are now on 2-3-4th lines and earn millions are either going to be out of a job in the NHL or have to go overseas to play as many teams cant afford them anymore..,. its economics….yes, cullen is from minn and he is great in the dressing room as everyone says and he did play well towards the end of the season, but not worth 3.5 mil a year… I have no quams in letting him go, as I would rather have the young guys get experience with the team, and I know cullen could help them, but then where is our captain??? what does koivu do?????
      I bet many of these players who get 3-5 mil a year are going to be surprised on Friday espcially 3-4th liners….
      Just my opinion

      • homegrowntalentmn - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        What position does cullen play? Do we have any other centers besides koivu? Brodziak sucked last year and is not a second line center.. cullen was one of our best forwards last year! Coyle and granlund are better wingers then centers. Cullen won’t have much interest from other teams and he will take less then 3 mill a yr for us.

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Everbody listen to the podcast from station 1050 from Toronto on what they think of Cullen,Ribiero and Weiss who the RedWings want to sign sad to say its true

      They also quoted Broduer saying now that NJ has Schneider as back up it will probably prolong his career as goaltender in NJ Schneider has to be upset to hear that
      He was suppose to be number one goalie in Vancouver Could trouble be brewing in NJ

      They talk about many ufa players listen its really a good podcast
      Lugongo was suppose to be on today at 9 am but he cancelled out for the third time since the trade…. I think this is going to be a problem for Vancouver with Luongo

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      to Tmathio
      You are 100 percent correct, this contract and his being injured has really hindered the Wild doing anything at all…
      Does anyone know how long it takes to recover from his type of injury???
      how often is he checked out and where as Heatly goes home to BC anyway
      Heatly does not need the money for sure, as he is suing his agent for 11 million dollars
      In my opinion he is just money hungry, he cant skate much anymore just a big body on the ice… I never did like the trade for him

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Well, Ballard would like to return home to Minnesota.. which I think is great..
      He just needs to take a little less money and maybe a 2way contract until the cap goes up next year
      I wanted the Wild to get Leopold but that did not work out… sorry to say..

      I like to get as many guys from Minnesota and the midwest to play for the Wild
      I am still very, very upset about the 2010 draft where Wild picked Granland over Bjustad
      who is 6′ 6″ 230 lbs and has a sniper shot just what the Wild need
      What were they thinking in 2010???? Just becuz all the people in Finland treated Granland like John Lennon doesnt mean he will be a great player in the NHL
      I think its will be some time before he can play in the NHL at a level expected of him or maybe never….
      I also think they gave up way too much for Pomanville…
      now if they can get Vanek next year, fantastic, as he lives here in the off season anyway

  2. homegrowntalentmn - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    About time! Now re-sign spurgeon and cullen

  3. gooterbaby - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Bring on Ballard!

    • homegrowntalentmn - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Ya for 2yrs 3 mill. 1.5 annually. . Hometown discount

  4. yougotgirouxed - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Ok Flyers. Thats a solid, inexpensive option….Actually just forget it……

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