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by Paul on 02/12/12 at 11:55 AM ET
from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,
Would it be smart for the Wild to give up a Johan Larsson or Jonas Brodin or Charlie Coyle just for the prayer of making the playoffs? And even though anything can happen in the playoffs, the reward for making the playoffs may be Detroit or Vancouver in an opening-round matchup.
“We feel like we’re starting to build up a pretty good group of young players,” Fletcher said. “You just want to be careful you don’t start backtracking on some of the accomplishments our scouting staff has made. You never want to close off any option, but we’re highly reluctant to give up our top prospects for short-term fixes.
“This is the time we need to be building up our asset base, not taking away from it.”
The dilemma Fletcher and many teams face is that several teams want to upgrade, yet there are only a half-dozen teams that you can argue have no prayer of making the playoffs.
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