Wild acquires defenseman Ian Cole in trade with Colorado

In a 1-for-1 trade, the Minnesota Wild receive defenseman Ian Cole from Colorado for defenseman Greg Pateryn. Both players in the trade are pending free agents. Pateryn makes $2.25M AAV and Cole makes $4.25M AAV. Colorao is reported to be retaining $800,000 of Cole’s cap hit.

Cole owns 138 points, a plus-95 rating, 507 penalty minutes, 599 shots, 730 hits and 987 blocked shots in 543 career games in 11 NHL seasons with St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Colorado (2010-21). He’s won two Stanley Cups. Wild general manager Bill Guerin knows Cole well from when he worked for the Penguins’ front office.

Pateryn collected 12 points, 149 blocked shots and 172 hits in 103 games with the Wild in three seasons.

Wild PR contributed to this report