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Wilderness Walk for 2-20-2012

Ladies and gentlemen... we got him.

It was the opinion of both editors of this site that trading away Kyle Brodziak, while it made sense, was not the best option for the Minnesota Wild. That story was to run later this week. Chuck Fletcher made that unnecessary. With a three year, $2.83 million per year contract, Kyle Brodziak is going to be here.

Brodziak will be a wonderful influence on the kids coming up right in the next couple years, and has grown into a role that few can fill. Plus, the guy works hard every shift (Sorry Tom). A third line grinder with the ability to take over the top six for short periods of time is a welcome addition to any roster, and the contract is not out of line with players of his style.

Plus, his game is way better than watching concrete dry. Sorry again, Tom.

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