Wild trade veteran defenceman Dmitry Kulikov to Ducks

Minnesota Wild defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (7) celebrates after scoring the winning goal against the Nashville Predators in overtime of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 24, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (Mark Zaleski/AP)

The Minnesota Wild have traded veteran defenceman Dmitry Kulikov to the Anaheim Ducks for future considerations.

The move helps the Wild clear Kulikov's $2.25-million salary off the books as buyouts for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter tighten the cap for the upcoming season. It also opens the door for one of a number top defencemen prospects — possibly Calen Addison.

Kulikov, 31, had seven goals and 24 points with a plus-23 rating in 80 games last season. He has 198 career points in 805 career games in 13 seasons with the Panthers, Sabres, Jets, Devils, Oilers and Wild.

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