There are talks ongoing between John Madden and the Florida Panthers, so perhaps by this time next week, we may have another player to track. That would certainly be a welcome thing as Madden has always been a class act, and was a favorite for many fans here in Minnesota in his brief run with the Wild. For a team in the position the Panthers are in, a veteran presence would be good to have, and to be certain, the penalty kill and checking line talents Madden brings to the table would be great for them.
With Madden looking for work, Antti Miettinen back on this side of the pond, and the Wild's slump busted, we once again look for a departed player that may have been able to make an impact.
#88 / Defenseman / San Jose Sharks
Mar 09, 1985
|2011 - Brent Burns||34||6||6||12||11||10||3||0||1||95|
Those sic goals and six assists look pretty good, right? Would it surprise you to know that he would rank just second on the Wild for points from a defensemen? Indeed, Jared Spurgeon has 15 points on the year. Of course, if Brent Burns had been blasted from behind by Cody McLeod, the league may actually have acted.
Yeah. Sure they would have.
#9 / San Jose Sharks
Apr 19, 1981
|2011 - Martin Havlat||26||2||13||15||8||16||1||0||0||62|
Havlat is hurt. From jumping the boards. We're not sure if that is pitifully funny or hilariously pitiful. Either way, it is what it is. Even before he was hurt, Havlat had just the 15 points. Where would that put him on the Wild? Eighth. Not exactly the impact player the Wild might need.
#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
|2011 - Antti Miettinen||5||0||0||0||-2||0||0||0||0||2|
We'll give Mittens a pass for now. Until next week. We're sure his Corsi numbers are massive.
#15 / Left Wing / Chicago Blackhawks
Aug 24, 1973
|2011 - Andrew Brunette||37||8||7||15||-9||0||4||0||0||45|
Still plugging away. Still being Bruno. Still not sure there is any reason to miss him on the ice.
#17 / Right Wing / Colorado Avalanche
Apr 17, 1982
|2011 - Chuck Kobasew||29||3||4||7||-6||22||0||1||1||36|
Still skating, but has yet to play a game this season.
#24 / Left Wing / Dallas Stars
Feb 14, 1983
|2011 - Eric Nystrom||31||12||2||14||2||9||0||0||1||57|
Added a couple goals to his totals. The man is a beast. He would certainly look good on the fourth line, but not sure he would be having the success he is right now.
#60 / Goalie / Florida Panthers
Sep 13, 1976
|2011 - Jose Theodore||27||1563||14||8||64||2.46||784||720||.918||2|
Tops in the Southeast, third in the conference. Not bad for a washed up has been, eh? Still great to see Theodore doing well. Wonder where the regressionists stand on this. No. Now we don't.
What it All Means
With the injury bug all over the Wild, having some top end depth might be nice, but there still aren't many players, if any, the Wild should be overly upset are gone. If they were at the bottom of the league, maybe. But despite the best efforts of the stat folk, the Wild still are hanging around the top of the west. These players do not spell the difference.