Former Player Tracking: The List Grows

Boom.

As Chuck Fletcher pulls the Minnesota Wild closer and closer to respectability, the list of players he has jettisoned continues to grow. Some of the players on the list walked during free agency with no effort to stop them from Mr. Fletcher. Others were traded for nothing in return. Now, the list grows yet again as we add a name lost through waivers.

Indeed, we add Colton Gillies to the list as he heads east to Columbus. You can't blame the Jackets for trying anything and everything to jump start their squad. At the same time, you have to wonder what they think he brings to the table. Will he be put into a second line role that the Wild were unwilling to give him? Will he simply be put right back into the same role on a struggling team? Is he really better than anyone they already had?

We'll find out.

We also add a gem of a person and player to the list in John Madden, who has signed with the Florida Panthers in our layoff from this post.

Brent Burns


Brent Burns

#88 / Defenseman / San Jose Sharks

6-5

219

Mar 09, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Brent Burns 40 7 8 15 12 16 4 0 1 118

Burns' numbers have slowed, but look at theat SOG total. Yowza. We'll take that every day of the week and twice on Sunday. His play has been welcomed 100% in San Jose, which is no surprise. He's a key piece on a very good team, and they are having good success.

Martin Havlat


Martin Havlat

#9 / San Jose Sharks

6-2

217

Apr 19, 1981



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Martin Havlat 26 2 13 15 8 16 1 0 0 62

Havlat is injured. We'll save our barbs until he's back over the boards.

Whoops.

Cam Barker


Cam Barker

#13 / Defenseman / Edmonton Oilers

6-3

215

Apr 04, 1986



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Cam Barker 12 1 0 1 3 14 1 0 0 21

Still out with his ankle surgery. Of course... they likely aren't missing much.

Antti Miettinen


Antti Miettinen

#20 / Right Wing / Winnipeg Jets

6-0

190

Jul 03, 1980



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Antti Miettinen 11 0 2 2 -7 0 0 0 0 11

Huh. Two points in eleven games, and a -7. Looks like a great pick up for the Jets.

Andrew Brunette


Andrew Brunette

#15 / Left Wing / Chicago Blackhawks

6-1

215

Aug 24, 1973


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Andrew Brunette 44 9 8 17 -10 2 4 0 0 50

Bruno's role has slipped quite a bit in Chicago, to no real surprise. He's on the third line, still getting some power play time, and adding his leadership to the team. Accepting limited roles is exactly what vets need to do, and that is exactly what Bruno did. Good on him.

Chuck Kobasew


Chuck Kobasew

#17 / Right Wing / Colorado Avalanche

6-0

192

Apr 17, 1982



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Chuck Kobasew 35 5 4 9 -10 22 0 1 2 43

Would anyone notice if we just took Kobasew off the list? The answer is likely the same as the question "Would anyone notice if they took Kobasew out of the lineup?"

James Sheppard

Hopefully someday, Sheppard is back.

Eric Nystrom


Eric Nystrom

#24 / Left Wing / Dallas Stars

6-1

193

Feb 14, 1983



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Eric Nystrom 37 13 2 15 -4 9 0 0 1 66

Oh, the cooling effect. Still, good to see that Nystrom has remembered the game that got him to the NHL and is having success.

Jose Theodore


Jose Theodore

#60 / Goalie / Florida Panthers

5-11

185

Sep 13, 1976



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Jose Theodore 29 1630 14 8 66 2.43 805 739 .918 2

Theodore was injured, and put on IR to start the New Year. The prognosis was a couple weeks. Should be back soon.

John Madden


John Madden

#10 / Center / Florida Panthers

5-11

190

May 04, 1973



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - John Madden 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

Just three games in, we'll give this a little time to play out.

Colton Gillies


Colton Gillies

#18 / Left Wing / Columbus Blue Jackets

6-4

189

Feb 12, 1989



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Colton Gillies 37 0 2 2 -5 10 0 0 0 24

Enjoy the Richards regime, Colton.

What it All Means

Good to see all of these guys continuing to play the game. Even the guys we poke fun at, it is still good to know they are around. Hopefully the guys that are hurt can get back in, and the guys looking for new starts can find some success in their new homes.

None of it has cost the Wild much, so... it's all good.

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