Michael Russo is reporting that the Wild and Marek Zidlicky have agreed to a new contract for three years, $12 million. The sticking point was apparently the no-trade clause, which ended up being for the first half of the new contract.
#3 / Defenseman / Minnesota Wild
Feb 03, 1977
|2009 - Marek Zidlicky||60||5||31||36||-2||49||3||0||3||0||94||5.3|
This contract ensures that Zidlicky will be around through the 2012-2013 season. Say what you want, but Zidlicky has been the only defenseman on whom the team can rely to get points, until we see what the team gets from Cam Barker. I have absolutely no problem with this deal, even with the Islanders getting a 2nd round in return for Andy Sutton.
My thoughts are as follows, and this may not be the popular opinion. Zidlicky is an excellent offensive d-man. He is no Mike Green, but he is the record setter for points by a defenseman in team history, with 21 games still to play. The $4 million per year cap hit is the current going rate for a player of his ilk. Fletcher signed a good player to a good deal. He did not over pay, and he did not over sign for term, either.
Russo says the no trade clause is for the first half of the deal, which is fair, I guess. I hate NTCs, but if it is what it took to get the deal done, so be it.
Let's face it. Zidlicky is a better offensive d-man than any other guy on the team, save for Barker, who is a relative unknown right now. Burns may come around, still, but I have my doubts. He fits the system perfectly. Sure, his defense is lacking, but so is every offensive d-man. Guess what though? He isn't Martin Skoula, and he is not making nearly $5 million per like Kim Johnsson was.
I was certainly hoping to see him get traded. Not because I don't like Zids, but because I wanted to see what Fletcher could get for him. With second round picks flying around for mediocre d-men, it would have been interesting to see what the package was.
Alas, we shall never know. Welcome back, Zids.
In other news: Clayton Stoner has also signed a two-year extension. It's a $1.1 million deal; one-way deal in 10-11 and a two-way deal in 11-12 at $105K in the AHL. Not a bad move frankly, the kid showed promise before his hernia. We'll see how he recovers.
#7 / Defenseman / Minnesota Wild
Feb 19, 1985
|2009 - Clayton Stoner||8||0||2||2||1||12||0||0||0||0||5||0.0|
Ok folks, what do we think? Decent deal?
We're keeping our ears to the ground for word on a Guillaume Latendresse contract and an Owen Nolan or Eric Belanger trade.