There has been different chatter around 24-year-old Minnesota Wild defenseman Mike Reilly in the recent months. The young blue liner has been mostly used on the third defense pairing, and speculation back in December had surfaced that he might have asked for a trade.
While general manager Chuck Fletcher denied the rumor that Reilly wanted out and that the Wild was looking to move him, it looks now like the defender could hit the trade block ahead of the trade deadline.
Michael Russo of The Athletic has revealed the Reilly could be used a trade bait as he reports there’s been chatter for a couple of months that Reilly would welcome an opportunity to play elsewhere and his agent has been given permission to speak with other teams. Reilly has been sharing third-line duty with Gustav Olofsson and believes he or his partner will be on the move.
“The reality of the situation, it’s going to be one of us,” Reilly said of he and Olofsson. “When I talk to Bruce, I know at the beginning of the year they didn’t want us sitting ‘X’ amount of games, six, seven games in a row. But now it’s at that point where I think (Olofsson) just played the last six and I played the eight in a row (in December). It sounds like they just want to go with one guy because it’s not fair to us, not fair to the team. Bruce wants to set his lineup. That’s the message I got.”
However, Reilly is not expected to fetch a return that provides immediate help for the Wild, if he indeed gets traded. He could however be moved down the line, around the NHL Entry Draft in June.