UMD forward Fontaine signs two-year deal

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 20, 2011 - 12:43 AM
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tyjohn47Apr. 20, 11 8:56 AM

Whatever anyone's opinion of the job Fletcher is doing, you must admit he is stocking the team with young players and he is being very creative in doing so. I'd like to see some bigger guys coming in as the team clearly needs to get bigger and more athletic (and physically tougher) but give Fletcher credit for not sitting on his hands waiting for the bad contracts DR left him with to run out. Backstrom's deal has one season left on it and as there will be a below average free agent pool this off-season I'd like to see CF deal the final year of that contract if possible. If the Caps fall down in the playoffs again because they have atrocious goaltending, I'd be making a call to them about Backs. Schultz, Barker and Zidlicky can be dealt any time too...those are bad contracts too and the Wild can use that cap space a lot better.

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northsportsApr. 20, 11 9:31 AM

Right on tyjohn47...very good analysis ! Have you been watching the Aeros ? They swept Peoria with their win last night and the young guys have it going right now !! It definately gives hope !!!

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krotz72Apr. 20, 11 9:37 AM

Tyjohn... Backs has two years left on his contract, at $6 million each, and a full no-trade. Zids has 2 years at $4 million each, a full no-trade and probably no one at all interested. No one would trade for Barker after his last two years for $3mill, and I'm pretty sure that Wild shopped Schultz up and down the league last year. The guys that you might see traded will be Brent Burns, Bouchard, and Zanon.

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tyjohn47Apr. 20, 11 9:51 AM

Fair enough krotz72 (two years left). The Caps are still a lot closer to winning The Cup than we are and are worthy of a $6 million dollar goalie. Furthermore, if Backs declined a trade to the Caps (or another strong contender) to stay here he would be nuts. As far as Barker, Zidlicky and Schultz, any of those guys would be better off on a contending team...which the Wild looked like for awhile but clearly showed in March that they are not. Whatever you can get in return (low draft picks, used puck bags, a few bags of popcorn...you understand!! :) get those contracts off our cap.

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siouxchampApr. 20, 1110:15 AM

It's AWESOME to see the WILD, finally signing some Elite, stud College players! Genoway, Fontaine. Something the WILD rarely have done in the past. It always fun to see the TOP college guys, play in the pro's VS. some Finland, or European guy you've never heard of OR care about.

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northsportsApr. 20, 1110:16 AM

All of those guys can be traded at the right time. That usually happens when someone gets hurt or is underachieving on another team and that team is in the playoff hunt(highly motivated). Although the way Barker has underachieved he might need some time in Houston first.

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hockeybiasApr. 20, 1111:34 AM

I read recently that abioyt 1/3 of NHLers played in college. Anybody know whar percent of Wild roster played in college?

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tyjohn47Apr. 20, 11 1:18 PM

Let's see, hockeybias, there are quite a few; Matt Cullen (SCSU), John Madden and Eric Nystrom (Michigan for both), Chuck Kobasew (BC), Greg Zanon (UNO), Casey Wellman (UMass), Robbie Earl (Wisc), Drew Bagnall (St. Lawrence) and Jed Ortmeyer (Michigan) all played in college.

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northsportsApr. 20, 11 1:25 PM

Side note to percentages: 85% of NHLers come out of the AHL.

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holdsteady76Apr. 20, 11 1:39 PM

@ siouxchamp - I wish the best for Mr. Genoway but I am concerned that his size (or lack thereof) will not translate well to the NHL, perhaps the reason he was undrafted.

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