Let's remember happier times. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Once a shot-blocking virtuoso who was a two time winner of the Hockey Wilderness Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo award, Greg Zanon found himself on the outside looking in this season. While his style of play was not the problem, a severe decline in his stability and level of talent was. TO put it simply, Zanon got old very quickly alongside Marek Zidlicky. At one point in their Wild careers, ZZ Top was a pairing in which the fan base could be certain. 2011-2012 saw the end of their careers, and went away with a scored earth policy. Too bad, but theme the breaks.
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Nathan - Is Greg Zanon on the roster? No? Then I'm not giving him another thought.
Grade: No thank you.
Bryan - A shot blocking d-man that had built a reputation as a fan favorite. The toughness and grit from him was his sole redeeming quality. Then, he started getting outplayed by the young guns, and he became a sullen, closed off jerk. He skated away from conflict on the ice, and would not speak to the media off of it, unless he had a great night. If I had to guess? His career is likely very close to being over. Sorry, Greg. You were Zuperman for awhile, but you went right out and found a big chuck of kryptonite.
Jesse - Since last year's trade deadline, Zanon has been on my shitlist. He called out Fletcher for not making a move last year when teams were overpaying for mediocre talent. This year, he was short with the media and a pouty child. Maybe age or the continual shot blocking started to wear on Zanon, but his lackluster play forced Yeo to use other options. Zanon did bring back Kampfer, so that's a plus, but overall, Zanon didn't add anything to the Wild this year except a headache that stuck his foot in his mouth.
JS - Oh, how the mighty hath fallen. Zuperman wasn't quite so zuper this season. We saw how truly one-dimensional he was when we saw every other defenseman blocking shots and offer more than what Zanon offered. The result? Healthy scratches. It could be argued that his groin injury slowed him down, but he simply wasn't helping the team very much anymore. He was shipped out to Boston (bonus points if you get the reference) in exchange for Steven Kampfer. There's no denying that Zanon was a great player for the Wild, but we're slowly seeing a changing of the guard and Zanon simply didn't fit in anymore. Thanks for everything, Zuperman.