Wilderness Walk: The Arbitration Edition

Fonz wants to get paid.

Bottom 6 sniper Justin Fontaine files for arbitration.

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Yes, you read that right. Someone wants 2.75m+ per year.

In my opinion, the Wild do not need Just Fontaine. He's not on any special teams. He doesn't bring anything to the table that someone else has in spades. He's a 3rd line player, but he's a third line player that's put it all together and plays a rounded. two-way game. If the Wild chose to move his rights, however, they will only be worse. Worse by the slimmest of margins, but still worse. Two-way forwards with 20 goal potential don't exactly grow on trees, and it would be silly to assume that Keranen and Zucker are ready to step in (even though I think they are) come October.

I'm sure that you guys could elaborate much better on this, Wilderness, so I'll leave it to you.


WILD NEWS

Justin Fontaine files for arbitration | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
*GASP*

Wild Signs QMJHL Standout Guillaume Gélinas
More stuff about the next Guillaume in the State of Hockey.

OTHER NEWS

Ken Hitchcock says it’s not all about Paul Stastny for Blues | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

It's all about Paul Stastny.

Top Line: Subban, Reimer file for arbitration; Another Tortorella controversy; more links - NHL - SI.com

More links.

John Gibson's new Ducks mask is all about Pac-Man (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Just in case you needed more reason to fall in love with Team USA's starting goalie.

Wayne Gretzky to own NHL Seattle franchise? Agent denies report | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Hooray?

Oilers’ Draisaitl makes an argument to start in NHL | ProHockeyTalk
He's 18....oh no.

Columnist: Del Zotto has to swallow his pride to play | ProHockeyTalk
It's been a tough year for the 24-year-old defenseman.

Drouin is ‘over’ being sent back to junior, aims to make Tampa this year | ProHockeyTalk
He was the third overall pick in 2013.

Stars GM Nill is ‘excited’ about his young defensemen | ProHockeyTalk
But does he have a Spurgeon?

Pens GM says first-round pick Kapanen could make team right away | ProHockeyTalk
Steal of the draft?

Defenseman Dougherty sees Nashville selection as 'dream come true' | Minnesota Hockey Hub | MN Boys High School Hockey
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