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Oilers Like Harding

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Canada.com,

With their goaltending situation in flux, the Edmonton Oilers are intrigued about Minnesota Wild backup and Regina product Josh Harding if the price is right.

The Wild’s new general manager Chuck Fletcher lamented a shortage of draft picks when he got the job—they pick 12th and not again until 99th (in the fourth round)—but he’s looking more for instant help up front. The Oilers have some young forwards but would they deal one of them for a young goalie in Harding who had a sterling junior resume but has played in only 59 NHL games. The Oilers are one of the half-dozen teams Fletcher has sounded out.

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Boom

from MinnesotaWild.com,

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild, along with Brand Thunder LLC, has announced the launch of the Firefox Wild BOOM. The customized Minnesota Wild browser, a free upgrade to the secure open-source Firefox browser…

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Some Of The Talk - Wild Related

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

...it certainly appears as if the Wild is about to lose Marian Gaborik for nothing. I ran into a million NHL types yesterday who asked me about Gaborik, and each one said the same thing — losing an asset like that for nothing back is the type of thing that takes years to recover from.

...the Wild might be into Kessel now, but if Chiarelli’s waiting until Friday, who knows what Fletcher dips his toes into by then? And right now Fletcher’s in on a lot of different things, from Heatley to countless other things (lots of rumors, but I only report what I know from sources, not what’s just floating around) to talking with Toronto, Edmonton, Colorado, Detroit, St. Louis and Philly about Josh Harding.

(I was told last night that the Blues are very interested in Harding, and few teams are as overstuffed with young assets as the Blues). So it’ll be interesting to see if Fletcher gets something substantial done with so few tradeable pieces to dangle.

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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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