The Minnesota Wild has come to an agreement with the Dallas Stars on a trade that will send forward Eric Nystrom to Dallas in exchange for future considerations. Nystrom was placed on re-entry waivers yesterday, but cleared at 11:00 a.m. today.
The re-entry and trade move makes sense as Dallas needed $1.2 million in salary to reach the cap floor after Sean Avery was waived by the New York Rangers (who coincidentally had claimed Avery off of re-entry waivers). Rather than picking up Nystrom at 700K on re-entry waivers, they now get two years of Nystrom at $1.4 million and stay above the cap floor.
Unfortunately for Wild fans, I wouldn't expect much, if anything, coming back from the traded "future considerations." Sometimes it's a pick, sometimes it's a prospect, but most of the time it's a nice way of saying the team is getting nothing tangible in return. Case in point would be the Petr Kalus trade last year where the Wild received nothing in return besides maybe lunch at the draft from the Columbus contingent.
However, the team does have more salary space over the next two years to make a future move.
UPDATE: Michael Russo has confirmed the future considerations are in fact nothing. Guess Chuck Fletcher didn't hold out for first dibs in the Central on this trade.