In a surprising, yet fully predictable, move, the Minnesota Wild have sent struggling defenseman Marco Scandella to the Houston Aeros.
Scandella is a poster boy for the Minnesota Wild's season. An amazing start that had people talking about the big things yet to come, only to come crashing down and completely lose his game. For the first quarter of the season, Scandella was drawing comparisons to departed Brent Burns, and showing the potential of a true top pairing d-man in the NHL. Then, it all just... stopped.
Scandella began making mistakes, not shooting, not pinching. To use Mike Yeo's words, not being "aggressive." Not to say that Scandella is the problem with the Wild, but he is a shining example of everything that is going wrong with them.
With the Wild carrying eight healthy d-men, a move had to be coming, and the team is actively shopping Greg Zanon. However, Scandella lost out to the guys who are playing within their roles, and now gets some time to regain his confidence, and find his game, in Houston.
Here's hoping he can find the positives in this move and not take it as a further confidence bruise.