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via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Eric Belanger from Minny to Washington for a second round pick.
from a Michael Russo tweet,
Sources: The Wild has signed Marek Zidlicky to a three-year, $12 million contract
from Michael Russo and Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune,
The Wild and defenseman Marek Zidlicky have hit a potential snag in contract negotiations that could derail the whole thing and cause him to be traded by Wednesday’s 2 p.m. deadline.
According to multiple sources, a three-year contract with the veteran is all but complete.
However, Zidlicky is insisting on a no-trade clause to be included for the life of the contract.
The Wild has scoffed at that notion because of Zidlicky’s age. He turned 33 on Feb. 3, and the Wild so far has been willing to offer Zidlicky a no-trade clause for only part of the contract.
via Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
I talked to GM Chuck Fletcher Sunday morning and he said, “We have nothing imminent. Whatever we do, I think it would be closer to the deadline, assuming we even do anything.”
You can read the story in Monday’s paper, but if Marek Zidlicky isn’t signed by Wednesday, it would be absolutely shocking if he is not traded. The priority is to sign him, but Fletcher made clear that Zidlicky is a significant asset in the same category as Kim Johnsson. And as you know, he traded Johnsson in the Cam Barker deal.
Chicago GM Stan Bowman discusses the acquisition of Kim Johnsson.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
A record six teams will be opening next season in three different European cities.
The Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild will play two regular-season games against each other at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, on Thursday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 8.
The Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks will square off for two games at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9.
The Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes will play each other at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10.
from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,
Sidelined Wild playmaker Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who continues his long, frustrating struggle with a concussion, has returned to Minnesota after almost two weeks in Montreal, where he sought ulterior treatment plans.
Bouchard was examined by a neuropsychologist, an osteopath and his exercise kinesiologist, Paul Gagne.
“The [neuropsychologist]—the head doctor—did a bunch of tests and I should have the results pretty soon, but overall there doesn’t look like I have brain damage, which is a good thing,” Bouchard said. “At least my memory and reaction time and reflexes look good.
“Now it’s just a question of still getting rid of my symptoms—the pressure in my head that I still have.”
added 10:49pm, Another hit from Clutterbuck from Travis Yost at PeteProse.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
It’s looking less and less likely that the Wild will be selling since it’s hard to imagine six games from now the Wild will be out of playoff contention.
Still, as for buying, I don’t see a ton going to happen simply because the Wild’s got limited assets and they’re not trading their young assets (i.e. guys like Scandella, Cuma, Almond, etc.) for free-agent rentals.
I’ll also do my Sunday column on yesterday’s Toronto/Calgary-Anaheim madness and explain why the Wild doesn’t have interest in guys like Ilya Kovalchuk—contrary to made-up rumors. And quite frankly, if you’ve read me on a regular basis, you should understand why the Wild cannot afford to be trading for 40 days of Ilya Kovalchuk.
Nevertheless, it’s the question I’m getting ad nauseum right now, so I’ll include that in my Sunday stuff. Also, if you’ve read me for a long time, you know I don’t throw stuff against the wall. So that’s why there are no rumors out there on the Wild. I don’t report rumors. I report what I know. I do know most the players available out there the team has no interest in by the way. When there’s something concrete as far as whom they’re going after, I’ll report it to you.
But I don’t suspect much until post Olympic break roster freeze (Feb. 12-28).
more on the Wild…
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
The Wild is close to cutting all ties with Petr Sykora.
Sykora, 33, who’s been away from the team since being placed on waivers Jan. 19, was officially assigned to the Houston Aeros today.
However, Sykora has officially declined to report. The two sides have mutually agreed to terminate his contract, and once approved by the NHL in the next day or two, Sykora will immediately become an unrestricted free agent .
In essence, Sykora will be free to sign with any team before the March 3 trade deadline and the Wild will be free of the remaining $600,000 or so of Sykora’s contract and salary-cap hit.
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