February 1, 2019 | 9:58pm ET
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WILD IN MARKET FOR GOAL-SCORER?

 
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Paul Fenton, GM

 

Heading into Friday night’s games, the Minnesota Wild ranked 24th in the NHL in goal-for per-game, averaging 2.82 goals per game.

As the club battles for a playoff position in the Western Conference, GM Paul Fenton knows his team could use some extra fire power up front and it’s an area he could address leading up to the Feb. 25 trade deadline.

“We certainly want to score more,” Fenton told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “… We’re trying to get guys that have the ability and maybe make contributions that make our lives a little bit easier.”

It does not sound like Fenton is close to making another move – last month he shipped Nino Niederreiter to the Carolina Hurricanes for Victor Rask – but he does plan on exploring his options and if the Wild remain in the playoff picture, he could add some outside help.

“I’m just going to watch here the next couple weeks and then make a decision as to which direction we’re going,” he said.

With a solid amount of salary cap space to play with, Fenton and the Wild could add a decent forward in the coming weeks.

The Wild are reportedly linked to having interest in Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds, New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes, and Carolina Hurricanes grinder Michael Ferland.