According to Minnesota beat writer Michael Russo, the Wild might trade tough guy Cal Clutterbuck this weekend.

The Wild tendered qualifying offers to retain the rights of Clutterbuck on Tuesday this week, however it sounds as though General Manager Chuck Fletcher has been in the mood to trade the winger this week. Russo says that the Wild aren’t looking for a roster player due to cap restrictions, but are instead looking for a draft pick, maybe in the range of a second or third rounder.

The 25 year old Clutterbuck was drafted in the third-round in 2006. To date, he has 62 goals and 110 points in 346 games for the Wild and is coming off of a less than desirable campaign that saw him record only four goals and six assists in 42 games.

The Wild are also looking to trade defenseman Tom Gilbert prior to the NHL buyout deadline of 4pm eastern on July 4th. Getting rid of him would result in an additional $4 million in cap space to add to the $3.6M they currently sit on.

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