Wild lose center Haula, trade prospect Tuch to Vegas

Golden Knights sign Wild defenceman Erik Haula: report

Report: Wild's Haula agrees to sign with Vegas

The NHL released the schedule Thursday, giving the Wild one home game over the first 20 days of the season.

The Wild will have two other road games against the Carolina Hurricanes and the Chicago Blackhawks before their home opener at the Xcel Energy Center on October 14 against Columbus.

Minnesota Wild's Erik Haula of Finland skates against the St. Louis Blues during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn.

The restricted free agent has signed with the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, and Minnesota used prospect forward Alex Tuch to steer Vegas away from the defensemen and towards Haula.

It is not known what the pick will be for what year or what round.

Haula had 89 points in 266 career games for the Wild, and scored a season-high 15 goals last season. He played mostly on the fourth line. It also keeps defenseman Matt Dumba in the Twin Cities along with fellow defenseman Marco Scandella and forward Eric Staal.

The agreement between the Wild and Golden Knights means the Wild would not attempt to retain Haula through the restrictions on his free agency, and also added Tuch in as additional incentive. Already announced prior to that was that the Minnesota Wild would open the season October 5 at Detroit, in the first game at the Red Wings' new Little Caesar's Pizza Arena.

The deadline for Vegas to submit its expansion draft selections was today, 10 a.m. ET.

Methot, 31, is due to make $4.9 million this season.

As a member of the Wild previous year, he helped contribute to the conference's most explosive offensive unit.

This is a developing story.

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