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Wild Looking To Deal

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Asked if Gaborik bought a home in Vancouver, Salcer (baborik agent) said, “I have no knowledge of that at all. I know nothing about that. Nothing.”

Asked if he’s had conversations with Gillis, Salcer said, “None.”

Chuck Fletcher wouldn’t comment on the Gaborik situation, other than to say he feels it important to keep everything close to the vest at this point.

“There’s nothing I can comment on with the whole Gaborik situation,” Fletcher said. “I’m just going to work through things and we’ll see how it plays out.”

However, he continues to have trade talks with several teams and is hoping to make a move or two in advance of or at the Draft itself. He continues to be entrenched in Dany Heatley talks, which besides the assets, would cost any team a $4 million signing bonus July 1 and then a $4 million salary during the season.

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Harding Wants To Be A #1 Goalie

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Josh Harding knows he might not be long for the Wild with starting goalie Niklas Backstrom signed for four more years. And as much as Harding loves Minnesota, he would be perfectly OK with being traded.

“I want to be a No. 1,” said the 25-year-old backup goalie. “You ask anybody that, they want to be a No. 1. I love Minnesota. I love it there. It’s a great organization. That’s why it’s kind of a win-win situation.

“If some team has trust in me that maybe I could be a No.1 goaltender, it would be great for me and my career. I’m behind Backy. Backy was probably one of the top two, three goalies in the league last year. It’s tough to crack that. I think I played well this season and hopefully people recognize that, whether it’s Minnesota or another team.”

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How About Heatley To The Wild?

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

(Bryan) Murray, who is extremely close with Fletcher after mentoring him with Florida and Anaheim, said Heatley has given him a list of teams. But if he works out a better deal with another team, Heatley will be pressured to make it work or he will remain in Ottawa.

Asked if he could add an expensive player such as Heatley or Vincent Lecavalier, Fletcher said: “I won’t talk specific names, but I think we could. But we’d have a lot of $500,000 players in key spots unless you could move another salary and create room that way. So there’s ways to do anything. But the higher the number gets, the less flexibility you have to fill other holes.”

And Fletcher said he believes the Wild must add a center, winger and as many as three defensemen via trade or free agency.

You can bet if Fletcher had the choice between re-signing Gaborik and trading for Heatley, he would choose Gaborik simply because it means not giving up assets.

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Wild Must Decide On Gaborik

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants at the Star-Tribune,

As for Marian Gaborik, Chuck Fletcher said he “intends to push the process forward next week so we try to get a sense from them” whether or not he’s willing to re-sign in Minnesota.

Fletcher won’t put a deadline on Gaborik, but he did say, he’s working the phones on trades, and a lot of what he does will depend on what he hears from Gaborik. There are things out there “that make sense for us,” he says.

If Gaborik isn’t re-signed by the Draft and a trade is available to make, Fletcher may just have to pull the trigger even if it means definitely closing the door on Gaborik.

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Wild Headed In A New Direction

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

With former offensive defenseman Todd Richards set to become the Wild’s next coach, even Nick Schultz—known more for his defense on the back end—might have carte blanche to step up in the play.

After a recent meeting with new GM Chuck Fletcher, Schultz was told the handcuffs were coming off.

“I said, ‘Can you get your butt up ice?’” Fletcher said, laughing. “I said, ‘You don’t have to be Brent Burns, but I remember Nick Schultz in junior hockey, and that guy got his butt up ice.’”

Yes, this new rendition of the Wild will look a whole lot different than the Wild of yesteryear.

“Everything I read [Monday] about Todd Richards, everywhere he’s been, he’s won,” Schultz said. “This is very exciting. He’s a young guy with a maybe different approach to things than we were used to in the past, which is exciting for players.

“New GM. Now a new coach. These are big changes for our franchise, but I think it’s for the best and we’re headed in the right direction.”

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Report- Richards Will Be Next Wild Coach

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Todd Richards will be the second coach in Wild history, multiple sources around the NHL tell the Star Tribune.

Sources say an official offer has been made, negotiations are underway and a news conference could come as early as Tuesday to introduce Richards, an assistant with the San Jose Sharks.

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Evening Line

“If the right job with the right organization is as a consultant, I’ll take it. If it’s as a coach, I might take it. I need to see what will suit me the most, and that’s easier when everything is all on the table. To find that out, you have to talk to people — so no wonder you talk!”

-Jacques Lemaire & more on Lemaire from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press.

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Wild Talk

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants at the Star-Tribune,

It appears all but certain that Chuck Fletcher at least wants to interview Wings assistant Paul MacLean, and maybe even Brad McCrimmon, so by the series continuing, it delays the interview(s) to this weekend at the earliest.

Fletcher attended last night’s game and is scheduled back in his St. Paul office today. In fact, he’s been hopping around the last couple days working on the coaching search. Peter Laviolette’s been MIA since originally being quoted in the Strib, so that often means you can bet your last dollar they’ve met within the last couple days.

And that is what I’ve been told by myriad sources. As I’ve written on here in the past, of all the former NHL coaches, Laviolette makes the most sense….

As for Heatley, there seems to be a perception out there that if the Wild loses Marian Gaborik, it can just go out and acquire $7.5 million players.

It’s a lot more complex than that, especially since it’s unknown where the salary cap will dip to in the next two or three years and because the team spent $6 million a year on Niklas Backstrom. That $4.08 million salary cap hit for Pierre-Marc Bouchard the next four years tightens things up as well.

Yes, the Wild could take Heatley’s $7.5 million cap hit the next five years, but it would affect any flexibility or ability to plug other holes, like center and defenseman though the end of his contract

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Evening Line

“What I don’t understand about being in management here in Minnesota is that you’ve got really good Americans, not just in Minnesota, but in Michigan and other colleges, and everybody else is using them. I’m not trying to cut up Risebrough and Lemaire, but my point is that I don’t think they had the best interest in this area as far as American and Minnesota players.

“Nobody wants to say it; everybody’s scared.”

-Former NHLer Reed Larson on the Minnesota Wild.  More from Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press including a mention of the Wings.

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Possible Head Coaching Options In Minnesota

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

But head coaching experience in the NHL isn’t necessary, Fletcher said, and he has ties to two successful assistants, Todd Richards in San Jose and Detroit’s Paul MacLean. Richards, who is from Crystal, was hired by Fletcher to coach Pittsburgh’s American Hockey League team in Wilkes-Barre in 2006. MacLean was an assistant to Mike Babcock in Anaheim when Fletcher was the assistant GM there.

Asked if he would wait until the Stanley Cup Finals are over to start interviews, Fletcher said, “I don’t want to speculate, and because there are only a couple of teams in the Final, people will start to speculate on specific names.”

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