Good morning Wilderness! With the Marek Zidlicky sweepstakes at a close, the only real questions that remain revolve around Josh Harding and Greg Zanon, as well as the overall buyer/seller dilemma. We know the team needs a puck-moving defenseman and scoring. Pretty straight forward, but I'm guessing there won't be much action for the Wild when it comes down to brass tacks.
The rest of the NHL, however, is a different story. Does Rick Nash move? Can Nashville either sign or move Ryan Suter and/or Shea Weber to avoid losing them for nothing (see: Gaborik, Marian)? Will the Maple Leafs go all-in to get into the playoffs for the first time under Brian Burke? Can anyone in the Southeast do anything that will actually make the #3 seed not get swept in the first round?
We will be tracking the news of the day, updating the list of transactions and giving a bit of analysis to anything that may impact the Wild's playoff drive.
While I don't see this year being as exciting as years past, all it takes is one GM on a mission to overhaul a team or drive it into Bolivia (copyright - Mike Tyson).
So, check back frequently as the entire staff here at Hockey Wilderness will be following each and every transaction and keeping you up to date as the deadline nears.
Hey there, Wilderness. With the deadline upon us, we offer you this post as a place to hang out and discuss the trades of the day. TSN should have some good overage of the trades, and NHL Network sounds like they will be simulcasting it starting at 8AM our time. We'll do our best to keep the thread updated with all the trades around the league, and will (of course) look into any moves the Wild make.
Right now, the three players left that we feel have a good chance of being traded by the Wild are Josh Harding, Greg Zanon, and Mike Lundin. Brad Staubitz could go, too, but his stock is pretty low right now. Unless something big is done, it is unlikely that anyone not a pending UFA is moved.
Russo mentioned Nick Schultz as a possibility to be moved. While some feel this would not be a major loss to the team, what Schultz brings to the table is far beyond the score sheet. He is a prime example of why stats cannot always explain the game, or who is good at the game. A quiet, rock steady D-man who makes few mistakes, and is a constant minute muncher? Yeah. That's a loss if you trade him away.
That said, if a good price can be had in return, so be it. But it better be even better than what they got for Zidlicky.
Around the league, Rick Nash watch will be on, but unless the Blue Jackets get their ransom, they have no reason to move him. It is going to take a bunch to get him, and the team that does better be willing to face the fans if they don't win the Cup.
Enjoy the deadline, all. We'll talk throughout the day.
Brad Staubitz claimed on re-entry waivers by Montreal Canadiens.
Vancouver Canucks receive Sami Phalsson from Columbus Blue Jackets for two 4th round picks