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Dreger: Marek Zidlicky waiving no-trade clause, trade in works between Wild, New Jersey Devils

update 9:25am, (Paul) via Darren Dreger tweet,

Zidlicky has said he would waive to go to NJD, however, Wild hasn’t asked him to…yet, and may not trade him until the summer says source.

Per TSN’s Darren Dreger, it sounds like Marek Zidlicky will find his way out of Minnesota sooner than later…

Early morning news, Marek Zidlicky has agreed to waive no-trade to go to New Jersey. Doesn’t mean deal is done. Still some work to do.

Which TSN’s Bob McKenzie confirms...

As per @DarrenDreger, MIN’s Marek Zidlicky has waived his NTC to go to NJD. Doesn’t mean deal is done yet but obviously in works. #tsn

And the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo offers both confirmation of the news and an excellent amount of background information/context for this morning’s developments:

Zidlicky’s agent, Larry Kelly, has confirmed to me this morning TSN Darren Dreger’s tweet that Zidlicky has waived his no-trade clause to go to the Devils. No deal has been completed yet, but GM Chuck Fletcher and Devils GM Lou Lamoriello are working on it. No word yet on what the Wild may be getting back.

Zidlicky has one more year left on his contract at $4 million. He has had a very tough season, scoring no goals and 13 assists in 39 games and he’s a minus-7. He has scored 60 goals in 546 career games—42 on the power play.

As I wrote on last night’s blog: The Wild, even though it’s hardly all his fault, cannot win with Zidlicky in the lineup. It’s amazing. The Wild is 2-14-5 in the last 21 games he’s played (1-10-2 in the last 13) and 13-4 in the last 17 without him.

On Jan. 31, when Zidlicky was scratched for the third of four games, he sought me out and complained about his treatment by coach Mike Yeo. Here is that article. I have confirmed that in this subsequent meeting with GM Chuck Fletcher, Zidlicky told Fletcher he would be willing to waive his no-trade to the right team.

New Jersey appears to be that team. I have heard NJ has been interested in Zidlicky for some time, but one thing that was holding it back was the fact that Kurtis Foster, a right-shot defenseman, was playing in that role.

But it appears a trade is close. The funny thing is, as I wrote in last night’s blog, I heard from multiple sources that a trade was close and he was willing to waive his no-trade. I was shocked, however, when I saw Zidlicky in last night’s lineup because I didn’t think that if a trade was a close as I was being told that the team would let him play and risk injury.

Here’s what Russo said about a possible trade in the aforementioned previous blog entry...

And Zidlicky played well for a second consecutive game. Maybe that’ll help GM Chuck Fletcher trade him, and I do hear from multiple sources it could be coming. If Fletcher finds a trade partner (Chicago?, New Jersey? maybe), it’ll be up to Zidlicky because he has a no-trade. I do think he’s open to waiving it.

The Wild, even though it’s hardly all his fault, cannot win with Zidlicky in the lineup. It’s amazing. The Wild is 2-14-5 in the last 21 games he’s played (1-10-2 in the last 13) and 13-4 in the last 17 without him.

The Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti can’t offer much more in terms of specifics, but he also confirms that something’s up:

According to multiple reports Minnesota Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky has agreed to waive the no-trade clause on his contract to come to the New Jersey Devils.

TSN’s Darren Dreger first reported this morning that Zidlicky had agreed to waive his no-trade to be sent to New Jersey. Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribrune also reported that Zidlicky agreed to come to the Devils, confirming that with Zidlicky’s agent, Larry Kelly.

No trade has been completed yet and there’s no information yet on what the Devils would be giving up in the deal.

Zidlicky has no goals and 13 assists and is minus-7 in 39 games this season and was unhappy with his role under head coach Mike Yeo.

And as I was writing this, TSN posted a blurb about the potential deal:

Activity leading up to the NHL’s Feb. 27 may finally be picking up, as Minnesota Wild defenceman Marek Zidlicky has agreed to waive his no-trade clause to go to the New Jersey Devils.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, Zidlicky’s move does not mean a trade has been completed as there is still work to be done.

Zidlicky, 35, has 13 assists in 39 games with the Wild this season.

Details to follow.


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Primis's avatar

What a weird marriage that’d be.

Hey, remember back when the NJD had good defensemen?

Posted by Primis on 02/15/12 at 11:43 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Hey, remember back when the NJD had good defensemen?

... and as they have begun to thrive, I’ve thought to myself, they are just a D-man or two away (which is why I thought the Wings could have some trade leverage with all the depth at D in the farms).

Good for them.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/15/12 at 12:44 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Michael Russo with the information he has gathered on this.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/15/12 at 02:02 PM ET

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