The league is in advanced talks to swap two players who are no longer on the roster with the Minnesota Wild, according to multiple sources close to the negotiations.
The players, a pair of forwards Marian Gaborik and Ryan Suter, are part of a trade that could result in one or both players being traded for a draft pick.
According to one source, the two forwards were not part of the trade in which the Kings and Capitals sent forward Mikhail Sergachev to Washington for Gaborík and defenseman Dmitry Orlov.
“There is nothing more important to the team than the two players,” Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said in a statement.
One source close to negotiations said that they are discussing the possibility of trading Sergák, who has six goals and 15 points in 46 games for the Wild this season.
Gaborik, 26, was acquired by Minnesota on Feb. 26 from the Carolina Hurricanes in a deal that sent defenseman Dmitry Kulikov and forward Kevin Westgarth to the Hurricanes.
Suter, 27, played in just nine games for Minnesota this season, but had 13 goals and 22 points in 55 games with the Wild.
Sergát, 26 and Gabory, 27 have not played together since last season, when they were teammates for the New York Rangers.
Sources said the team was not yet close to a deal, but that it was a good sign for the future.
“They have a chance to get better as a team, but it’s a good chance for the organization,” the source said.
“It’s a team that has to get a lot better.”
Gaboríks name is not currently on the Wild’s roster.
While Gabork and Sergås were traded, the Wild has three players currently with the club: defenseman Chris Stewart, defenseman Jared Spurgeon, and goalie Ryan Miller.
Spurgeon, 37, was traded to the Nashville Predators on March 22 for defenseman Justin Faulk, defenseman Matt Dumba, and forward Mike Ribeiro.
Miller, 28, was a third-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2011.