The Minnesota Wild might consider someone like Josh Bailey right now.
The Minnesota Wild could use another good veteran that is cheap. If Josh Bailey is looking to make it back into the league, the Wild might be a good option. He is up there now at 34 but that doesn’t mean he can’t bring anything to the table.
Bailey wouldn’t come in and be the guy he was back when he played for the New York Islanders. He is past his prime but the thought is that he might be able to come in and provide some good depth. As mentioned before, the Wild could use a player like that.
Last season with the Islanders, Bailey had 8 goals and 17 assists for 25 points in 64 games. That would be a great addition to the team’s third or fourth line right now. You also never know what he finds by switching to a team that is a bit more fresh than the Islanders.
It looked like Bailey might have a job when he signed a PTO with the Ottawa Senators in September. However, that did not work out well for him and he was released. Now, that could be a decision that comes along to help the Wild.
Bailey, along with the other two, is beyond his prime. Sometimes guys like that can help in smaller ways if a team needs help in a certain area. These guys would provide that if brought in.
They would also be a lot cheaper than some of the other top free agents that were signed back in July. With the way the cap is for Minnesota right now, that might be the better idea for this season.