The Minnesota Wild’s bye week is finally over, and tonight they play against the Los Angeles Kings before playing against the Winnipeg Jets tomorrow. If you need a reminder, teams coming off their bye week have a 7-14-4 record this year.
Anyways, there was a lot of Wild news over the weekend, but the biggest news is obviously that the Wild traded for Martin Hanzal and Ryan White yesterday.
We can bemoan over never drafting in the second round or overpaying, but this trade improves the Wild and gives them a better chance at making a deep playoff run. Moreover, GM Chuck Fletcher didn’t give up any of the Wild’s best prospects, which was apparently the initial asking price for a lot of teams.
In any case, here’s today’s music in honor of Chuck Fletcher’s 2nd Round Draft Pick history with the Wild.
Ever since the Wild passed on signing Matt Cullen last summer, the Wild’s fourth line center position has been a game of musical chairs, and this trade helps solidify the Wild’s center depth.
Short answer: Probably, that’s the nature of the trade deadline. Long answer: The Milbury Scale is a fun way to grade trades.
After signing, Ryan Carter was immediately put on waivers, and if he clears, he’ll rejoin the Iowa Wild to help find his game. After yesterday’s trade, it’s even more unlikely he sees much time with Minnesota this season.
You can’t blame Teemu Pulkkinen for wanting out of Iowa, and like Carter, Zac Dalpe likely won’t see much time with Minnesota after yesterday’s trade.
There’s been a fairly large range of reactions regarding Kurtis Gabriel going after a Chicago Wolves player off the ice, but the AHL took a firm stance against it as he was suspended yesterday.
We might not see the benefits of the bye week tonight or tomorrow, but hopefully some Wild players took the time to reset over the break.
A fun Question and Answer session with Matt Dumba.
Mikko Koivu has been a solid two-way center for most of his career and he’s finally gained some support for the Selke Trophy this season, but Nino Niederreiter has likewise been underrated the past couple of seasons.
An interesting analysis on Expected Goals and Mikael Granlund’s play this year.
Jared Spurgeon is so good. Can we just give him the Lady Byng already?
Off the Trail
NHL and The Mumps 3: The Enemy Within - Part 3 of this Neverending Saga
The Wild got close one time, but have otherwise never picked from the first overall spot of the draft.
Imagine, we almost had one less reason to make fun of Peter Chiarelli.