As of yet, this project has not resulted in finding a player that Wild fans were willing to discard the current roster to find a spot for. That may change this week. You know, since half the team or so is hurt.
Of course, we may be reaching a bit with that comment. There aren't many players that could help out on the list below. Unless, of course, you want to try Brent Burns out at forward. Because it worked so well the first time. Our guess is that Wild fans would sooner stand pat than go backwards. Wild fans are crazy like that.
You have all bought in, or at least seemingly so. The injuries have to subside at some point, right? Right? Please?
This week's look may be painful for some. Viewer discretion is advised.
#88 / Defenseman / San Jose Sharks
Mar 09, 1985
|2011 - Brent Burns||29||5||5||10||11||6||3||0||1||74|
Yeah. That would be nice. Liking the idea of Marco Scandella with a similar stat line, though. This one hurts a bit, especially with Setoguchi hurt. Such is life.
#9 / San Jose Sharks
Apr 19, 1981
|2011 - Martin Havlat||25||1||13||14||8||12||1||0||0||61|
The scoring here has cooled to the point that there have been stories about breaking Havlat's "slump." It's not a slump, it's just his normal routine, folks. Score for two weeks, then take two weeks to recover. It'll come back. Maybe.
#13 / Defenseman / Edmonton Oilers
Apr 04, 1986
|2011 - Cam Barker||12||1||0||1||3||14||1||0||0||21|
Still out with his ankle surgery. Of course... they likely aren't missing much.
#20 / Right Wing / Winnipeg Jets
Jul 03, 1980
Yep. He's back. After a failed mission to Russia, he was inked by the Lightning, then stolen away by the Jets off of waivers. Used in the right situations, he can be helpful. Just don't bite on the first line idea, Jets fans. Of course, he does usually have a solid Corsi number, so he'll fit right in. This guy is the epitome of why Corsi shouldn't be trusted.
#15 / Left Wing / Chicago Blackhawks
Aug 24, 1973
|2011 - Andrew Brunette||32||7||6||13||-10||0||4||0||0||41|
Bruno was back this week. The fans gave him a standing ovation. Well deserved. HIs team left with the two points. Uncool.
#17 / Right Wing / Colorado Avalanche
Apr 17, 1982
|2011 - Chuck Kobasew||28||3||3||6||-7||20||0||1||1||33|
Word is, Sheppard is practicing. Good news for everyone involved.
#24 / Left Wing / Dallas Stars
Feb 14, 1983
|2011 - Eric Nystrom||26||10||2||12||-1||9||0||0||1||43|
No goals? None? Man... how the mighty have fallen.
#60 / Goalie / Florida Panthers
Sep 13, 1976
|2011 - Jose Theodore||23||1361||12||6||53||2.34||690||637||.923||2|
The Panthers continue to do well. Hard to believe Theodore isn't part of that. Had an off game, but hey... it happens.
What it All Means
Which guy are you ready to sub in? Remember that the team is made up of quite a few Aeros right now. Anyone up there? You want Chuck Kobasew instead of Casey Wellman? Be honest now.
Yeah. Didn't think so.