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via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
According to multiple reports, Minnesota Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky has agreed to waive his no-trade clause to come to the Devils and a trade is imminent.
Zidlicky is not taking part in pre-game warm-ups for Wild tonight in Dallas. Zidlicky was supposed to be in the Wild’s lineup tonight.
Defenseman Kurtis Foster was a late scratch for the Devils’ game tonight against Vancouver. He was supposed to return to the lineup after missing two games with a stiff back.
added 8:36pm, via NJ Devils tweet,
Devils acquire Marek Zidlicky from Wild for Kurtis Foster, Nick Palmieri, Stephane Veilleux, 2nd rd pick in ‘12, conditional pick in ‘13.
adjusted the headline to reflect the trade being official
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Zidlicky is unhappy, something I learned this morning when the veteran defenseman came looking for me to offer his opinion on the fact that tonight against his former team, the Nashville Predators, he’ll be scratched for a third consecutive game.
Zidlicky was critical of coach Mike Yeo, the way he has been treated and the fact that he loves the game too much to sit idly by if the Wild keeps scratching him.
While Zidlicky didn’t say he has asked for a trade, he indicated he is willing to waive his no-trade clause if this continues.
“I can’t be quiet,” Zidlicky began during our sitdown, which you can read more details about in tomorrow’s Star Tribune. “I think three games healthy scratch, it’s more than just like a healthy scratch. [Yeo’s] put me in this position that I am in right now. It’s not easy for me….
Also from Russo,
I’ve covered the NHL since 1995. Never before have I sat in a coach’s office 45 minutes before an important game talking about a scratched player. You can bet Mike Yeo wished he could have been doing something else, but he chose this time and venue to respond to this morning’s conversation I had with scratched defenseman Marek Zidlicky. Check out that blog below or by clicking this link.
Here are Yeo’s comments. Check out the story in Wednesday’s newspaper. I’ll also be on KFAN at 9 a.m.
“One thing for sure, we’re going to talk. This is not the right way to handle it. Much the same as I wouldn’t want a player to pick up the newspaper one day and read something like, ‘Woah, I didn’t know the coach thought that.’ Like, come into talk to me if there’s a problem. There’s always more than enough communication from our side. It’s got to go both ways.”
I think we have seen more of these types of hits this season than any other. I am not really sure why players can’t seem to avoid making that push from behind.
Lennart Petrell of the Oilers received 5 minutes for checking from behind and a game.
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.