Feb 26, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Minnesota Wild defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (29) passes the puck against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Wild dealt veteran defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to Anaheim on Wednesday, clearing an opening in their top-six defensemen.

The Wild received future considerations for Kulikov, who signed as a free agent last offseason. In his lone season in Minnesota, Kulikov had seven goals and 17 assists while recording a career-high +23.

Kulikov, who turns 32 in October, is scheduled to earn $2.225,000 this upcoming season in the final year of his contract.

His trade leaves the Wild with an expected top-six of Jonas Brodin, Matt Dumba, Alex Goligoski, Jacob Middleton and Jared Spurgeon as the first five with likely either Calen Addison or Jon Merrill filling Kulikov’s vacated spot.

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