The Minnesota Wild traded forward Kevin Fiala to the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.
In return, the Wild got their hands on the pick of first round in 2022 (19th overall) of the Kings and hope Brock Faber.
According to the Sportsnet network, Fiala would have initialed a contract extension with the Californian organization, he who could have become a free agent with compensation on July 13. The 25-year-old winger reportedly signed a seven-year deal worth $7.9 million a year. The Kings haven't confirmed the deal, however, unlike the trade.
The Switzerland native is coming off his best career season in the National League. In 82 games in 2021-22, he hit the target 33 times and provided 52 assists for 85 points.
Last May, Wild general manager Bill Guerin opened the door to a transaction involving Fiala.
“We would love to have Kevin back. However, I don't know if this will be possible. I am uncertain. We can do everything, but at what price?” which will account for more than $12 million in 2022-23 and $14 million in 2023-24 on the club's payroll.
As for Faber, the Wild got a defenseman who was the captain of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers this season. He had been a second-round pick (45th overall) of the Kings in the 2020 draft.