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Wild trade Kevin Fiala to Kings for first-round pick, rights to Gophers' Brock Faber

The 25-year-old Fiala is fresh off the best season of his blossoming career in which he scored 33 goals, 52 assists, and 85 points.

NHL: Seattle Kraken at Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Wild left wing Kevin Fiala (22) controls the puck during the second period April 22, 2022 before passing it for one of his five assists of the night against the Seattle Kraken at Xcel Energy Center.
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ST. PAUL — It felt like only a matter of time before the Wild traded star winger Kevin Fiala. That time has come.

Brock Faber
Brock Faber
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On Wednesday afternoon, the Wild traded Fiala’s rights to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for their first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft as well as Gophers men’s hockey captain Brock Faber, a source confirmed to the Pioneer Press. Michael Russo of The Athletic was the first person to report the news.

The 25-year-old Fiala is fresh off the best season of his blossoming career in which he scored 33 goals, 52 assists, and 85 points. In a perfect world for the Wild, general manager Bill Guerin would’ve been able to keep Fiala around long term, pairing him with superstar winger Kirill Kaprizov for years to come.

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The first Minnesotan selected in the 2020 NHL Draft, Brock Faber was the 45th overall pick by the Los Angeles Kings.
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After finishing the regular season with 33 goals and 52 assists, Fiala did not score a goal in the playoffs.
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It sounds like Fleury would be open to coming back to Minnesota and Talbot is already under contract for next season.
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He finished the regular season with a career high 33 goals, 52 assists, and 85 points.

That said, with Fiala in line for a big pay day this offseason, and the Wild suffering through the consequences of buying out Zach Parise and Ryan Suter last offseason, a blockbuster move felt likely ahead of next week’s draft.

Fiala can become a restricted free agent on July 13.

TSN reported Fiala will sign a seven-year contract with an average annual value of just under $8 million. He played last season on a one-year deal worth $5.1 million.

Fiala, 25, was selected by the Predators with the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Faber, 19, had 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 32 games while serving as captain of the University of Minnesota during the 2021-22 season. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and represented the United States at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

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