Wheeling, dealing a big part of draft week

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 20, 2011 - 1:20 AM

The NHL draft is an opportunity for teams to ship players elsewhere, and the Wild figures to be an active participant on the trade market.

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credibleJun. 20, 1112:53 AM

trade burns for van riemsdyk and a pick. sign brooks laich. Buy out barker. don't re-sign mietnen. done and done playoffs next year and years to come.

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marcus100254Jun. 20, 11 2:34 AM

Is Burns really a "fan favorite" as the article states? I think a majority of fans feel indifferent about him, mostly based on unmet potential.... He is a nice kid, a great young man and all, but consistency has not been his hallmark. He's been in the show what now, 7 years? and the fans are still waiting to see him hit the heights of the capabilities the club and the fans believe he has. Is it ever going to happen here?

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m1normandoJun. 20, 11 6:29 AM

Burns was tied with Brunette last year for 3rd most points on the team with 46 points, including 17 goals. So trade the only Wild defenseman capable of producing offensive opportunities in hopes of getting a goal scorer in return? My guess is Chucky would have no trouble finding a real GM willing to make that trade.

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minneg56Jun. 20, 11 7:03 AM

@credible- honestly- if this were to be done it would be great. In one post you have demonstrated better ideas than the Ivy League GM, MENSA member who is PAID to do such things. As for playoffs? Don't know about that but dumping Barker somehow is probably the best suggestion of all. A rookie GM mistake which put the club even further behind the 8 -ball.

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jon072Jun. 20, 11 7:39 AM

credible; Like your ideas however I continue to think Burns may be more value as a scoring 2 way forward. I believe( with proper coaching and attention) he can become a value as a team leader. He can be a power forward with great playmaker ability.I'm Open to all comments...GO YEO! ( he can a

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jon072Jun. 20, 11 8:02 AM

Reading the needs of many of the teams it seems that some creativity in taking back some salary for unproven young players would rid us of some hi salaried NTC players.This would open slots for the rebuilding process. We are rebuilding! Lets move up the pace..Mn. fans will support a team rebuilding if they are not fed a crock of**** by mgmt.

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uffda57Jun. 20, 11 8:21 AM

On Burns, the question should be: what makes the most sense for the Wild in terms of scoring vs. dollars? If Burns can be converted to a forward, how many goals is he likely to score? For the amount of money he's getting paid, can we get a better scorer if we trade him? Either way, the Wild is rich in defensemen, so losing him on defense isn't a consideration. Mietinnen will likely go, along with Madden, Kobasew and Barker. Lots of room on the forward lines for guys from Houston or free agents to fit in. Also, if they aren't keeping Theodore, (which would be a big mistake), who are they moving up from Houston? By the way, it was great to see Khudobin on the ice in Vancouver as his Bruins won the Cup. He's a great kid, and I hope he gets a chance for some ice time next year with them.

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floridascottJun. 20, 11 8:55 AM

PEOPLE ......There is a 0.0% that Burns is moved to forward. It aint gonna happen here or if he is moved elsewhere.

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harps54Jun. 20, 11 9:01 AM

We have seen a healthy Bouchard. Nobody would take him with his contract -- nobody. He isn't a first line player and he doesn't play enough defense to be on the second, third or fourth line for a good team. He is a mediocre player being paid like an upper echelon player. Getting rid of his current contract when it expires will will be a huge plus. Unfortunately, they have no choice but to carry him until then. Another Doug Risebrough anchor for this team. Ditto for Schulze -- seriously overpaid and unmoveable.

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jon072Jun. 20, 11 9:05 AM

uffda57; Moving him to forward would as you mention not be costly to the strong defensive inventory....Obtaining a forward capable of 30+ goals would be expensive. However I would not turn away a major(gift)move that would add that scorer. My concern is tha we don't make any more"I'm happy with our players" moves...You must be aggresive to go forward...GO YEO!

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