Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/10/06 at 12:03 PM ET
The Wild offered Mitchell $12 million over four years to forgo unrestricted free agency and remain on their blue line. Mitchell wanted at least $14 million for the same term. Neither side budged. So Minnesota quickly dissolved the relationship and shopped its best defenseman for redeemable assets, finding a taker in the Stars. And one of the Wild's most popular players was sent packing before he could test the market, which the team believed Mitchell intended to do all along. Wild coach Jacques Lemaire called Mitchell one of the top 10 defenders in the league, but was not fretting about losing him. "He feels he could get $3.5 million, good for him. I won't lose sleep because we lose a player. If he wants to go for the money, go for the money. The earth is still going to turn."more
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