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Wild trade deadline winners or losers?

Posted by jah218 , 01 March 2016 · 1,328 views

MInnesota Wild NHL Trade Deadline
Another NHL trade deadline has come and gone. I had such high hopes this year that the Wild would be able to pull off an actual hockey trade aka; Jonathan Drouin, Mikkel Boedker, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, or Nail Yakupov.

Actually, if I think back my hopes were dashed early when the Wild weren't able to acquire Ryan Johansen. I still feel like that was a once in a decade kind of a deal to make. I'm not sure what the Wild would've had to give up, but whether it was Jonas Brodin or Matt Dumba, it seems like they should've tried harder to make that move. The worst part for me is, not only did the Wild not find a way to make that trade work, but he ends up in Nashville of all places, Nashville. I know he seemed at times lazy and disengaged, but I felt like all he needed was a change of scenery. Not to mention that he could have potentially been the number one center the Wild have been chasing for years.

So now the question is, if the Wild miss the playoffs is Chuck Fletcher relieved of his GM duties? Is this justified? My feeling is yes, he will be fired if the Wild miss the playoffs, and yes, it is probably justified. He has done good things for this team of course, but there are so many long term contracts for under-performing players, that he may end up leaving this team very handcuffed for a long time to come. And let's not forget draft picks lost on busts like Matt Moulson, Cody McCormick, and Chris Stewart. So he can also be blamed for what seems to be slim pickings in Iowa right now.

One of the most frustrating things for me throughout this season are the rumors that there is a divide between the young players and the veteran players. The hardest part about this for me is that we will never really know what the divide is, or even if there is a divide. But it sure leaves a bad taste in your mouth, when we are supposed to have such a high achieving, leadership group of veterans. And then to think that these guys, who were not performing up to expectations, were alienating the young guys, who have actually carried this team since Torch took over. Is Suter a whiner, who is given way too much power to control his minutes? Is Vanek a locker room cancer, who plays when he wants to play? How many off-season coaches does Zach Parise need?

All of these questions make me wish I was on the inside, privy to all of the dirt and the gossip. But moving forward all I can do is trust in my favorite hockey team, and keep dreaming that one day I will see a Stanley Cup final! I'm looking forward to our first "playoff" game tonight, it will be interesting to see how we perform. Two in a row for...Torchetti.

Jodi Halvorson




They didn't p!ss away a high pick or prospect on a non-factor like Pominville, so winners compared to their last couple of deadlines.

 

And as far as missing the playoffs being necessary to shake up the front office,the team came as close to literal no-shows tonight as an NHL team can without being physically absent from the building.

 

Not sure how that's much better than missing the playoffs by a couple of points. If anything, it just adds even more doubt to the idea that this team is a playoff contender.

 

And people can go on all they want about injuries, but Vanek has been a nonfactor most of the season, Haula is really just a poor man's Russ Courtnall, and Parise is a 5'11", 195 pound guy trying to play a power forward's game in front of the net in what will be a 32 year old's increasingly fragile body this next season.

 

Good luck with that.

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