Fletcher closing in on coach; roster makeup next

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 3, 2011 - 1:10 PM

The GM says he'd consider trading anyone except Mikko Koivu and that the new coach will have influence on personnel.

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bhrnew1lJun. 2, 11 9:44 PM

Mister Know it all says, this is a pretty hot post for me to be the only one posting. The Wild are not Mister Know it alls team but I would not be picking a Mactavish as my coach as I would have more thought about the integrity in which my team was playing on the ice if I was the owner. I despise watching the oilers play that agitating undisciplined style and that is what Mactavish was known for as a player, not a real honest player....... Remember when the braodstreet bullies the Flyers played the Soviet Union with Bob Clarke and the crew ? If my team had to win that way don't bother....... I view the Wild as a team with a Montreal Canaidian type personality under the old management....... I think Mactavish is a good coach, I just don't think he is a Montreal Canaidian personality type. If they hire Mactavish tell the marketing department to stop telling fibs to the fans about tradition in its in our blood

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april24Jun. 2, 1110:32 PM

I hope they can lock up Burns. He's been up and down but his "up" is too good to pass up. Man would I have loved to hear Fletch commenta little more on Barker. For some reason I just want him to come out and say "I screwed up and blew it with the Leddy trade." I have no clue with the coach. MacTavish doesn't really do much for me, none of them do. I'd probably rather have Hitchcock.

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sniggleJun. 2, 1110:45 PM

What is with Minnesota sports? How hard is it to find a decent coach?! Why can't the Wild and T-Wolves just find a freaking coach already?!!!

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mnhockeyguyJun. 2, 1110:52 PM

Kiouvu at this point is the number 1 player you should try to be trading! His contract is prohibitive to the Wild especially given his age. He's as good as he is ever going to be, which is a good 2nd line centerman. Im not ripping Koivu either he is a very good player, but we've been trying to build a team around him for 4 years now and it will be going on 5 years after the wild fails to make the playoffs next season. But the Wild made their bed...

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credibleJun. 2, 1110:54 PM

TRADE BURNS.....has to be done...NEED a center or a wing that can score....brunette, mietnen, madden, love ya but see you later. Lets put gillies or wellman on a line along with another free agent pick up and not waste spots/salary on those guys.

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wildforlifeJun. 2, 1111:01 PM

Well sniggle you seem to be blaming a team's performance solely on the coach's shoulders which isn't right. The coach isn't the one out there scoring goals or making saves. A coach can only do so much. It's up to the players to step up and perform. Unfortunately when a team's doing bad the coach often takes most if not all the blame. And even with a great coach there's still no denying that this team still doesn't have all the pieces for a deep playoff run. Hopefully we can add at least a couple of those pieces this off season. Oh by the way, no matter who coaches the T-Wolves there's no way they're making the playoffs anytime soon. Let's see if they can even achiecve a .500 season first.

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bhrnew1lJun. 2, 1111:04 PM

Maybe we could trade Havlat to the Rangers for Gaby, that would get the fans interest and they are ready to move him in New York

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viking53Jun. 2, 1111:23 PM

The only I see the Wild needing is more depth. Doesn't the collapse at the end of the season tell you people anything? They were out of gas, because they had to use too much in the earlier parts of the season. They didn't have the depth to be able to depend on other players so the front liners didn't have to work so hard ALL SEASON LONG.

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TGarJun. 2, 1111:37 PM

A buyout of Barker is the right move, and the cap hit is manageable. Trade Burns, we have a lot of young D-men coming up. Then sign another young FA D-Man. I would LOVE to get Sharp here who I believe is a FA(correct me if I'm wrong). Two scoring wings and another center are the big needs. I'm not saying FA because we don't have the cap flex but from a combo of FA/trade or within. Burns could net us a winger.

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justbecauseJun. 2, 1111:57 PM

I think the depth last year was the Wild's only strength. The third and forth lines, I think, compared very well with the rest of the leagues depth lines. The Wild's first and second lines "ran out of gas" because of their own ineffectiveness, especially the top line. Third and forth line players we have, the Wild need top line players.

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