Spurned by Wild, Nystrom is on the rise with Stars

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 21, 2012 - 8:02 AM

After his worst season, the Wild lost its patience with the winger, who aims to prove -- with 13 goals so far -- that judgment was too hasty.

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bobo72Jan. 21, 12 3:35 AM

This isn't really all that surprising. While Fletcher seems to have figured out the draft and develop mode, he's been worthless in the trade and free agent facets. The Nystrom fiasco is just one in a long line of busts for Fletcher. The Barker for Leddy trade. The Havlat for Heatley trade. The Cullen signing. (Way too much for that kind of non-production.) The Zydlicky re-signing. The Sykora signing. The list goes on and on and on. About his only winners are the Theodore signing last year and this year's Burns ransom. Otherwise, as much as I like Fletcher, Nystrom is just another example of how weak the GM remains in two of the three facets of player acquisition.

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joe12packJan. 21, 12 6:14 AM

I'm glad to see he's doing good in Dallas. Sometimes a change of scenery helps.

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strib1991Jan. 21, 12 7:36 AM

Good for him!! I wish we had him back here playing with the Wild. Always liked Nystrom and I agree that he wasn't given a chance here. This franchise will waste YEARS on players like the "Z" boys but let a player like him go. Go figure. Seems that every player that comes into the Wild and gets cut loose within a year or so, moves on to a better career. Why is that?

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chicagowildJan. 21, 12 7:40 AM

I like Nystrom when he was with the Flames, but he was invisible on the Wild. I think he was hiding an injury. Hey Bobo, you're questioning the Heatley, Havlat deal? While Heatley is not on a 50-goal pace (when he had those years he scored 20+ on the power play and the Wild's is not exactly clicking), he still leads the Wild in goals and Havlat is hurt again and has a stat line of 2 G and 13 A in 26 games. With you on the Zids signing, though. I don't think he a complete bust in this area, but his record is definitely spotty.

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april24Jan. 21, 12 7:40 AM

I really want to like Fletcher but there seems to be an arrogance about him that I don't understand. It's not like he has a track record to back it up. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Like a previous poster said, game killers like Zanon and Zidlicky get multiple chances while a guy like Nystrom is given away. Hard to understand.

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minneg56Jan. 21, 12 8:26 AM

As a hockey fan I don't think Wild's environment was one in which Nystrom COULD succeed for whatever reason. See it in business all the time. Guy/gal is a bust at one company/environment/culture. They go elsewhere and light it up for the new company. I'm happy for anyone who ultimately succeeds and perserveres through some career adversity.

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mrdurdenumdJan. 21, 12 8:27 AM

Betrayed? Well Eric, it balances out the money you stole from the Wild for getting paid to suck.

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kballrdJan. 21, 12 9:02 AM

This is some sort of feel good-retribution-bounce back story for nystom, but I remember last year we were lumping him in with the rest of the worthless veterans out here. Good for him, but I don't feel all warm fuzzy for him and the wild sucked with and without him..I'm sure schultz wil l light him up against the boards today though, being the bad a$$ veteran defender he is..

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washburnlkJan. 21, 12 9:03 AM

Nice to see Nystrom doing well because he didn't just give up and pack it in. I think he was cut loose so Yeo had room for some of the Houston "stars" he coached, monster talents like Gillies,Ortmeyer,etc. I'd rather have kept him than Staubitz.

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mgalaforetJan. 21, 1210:06 AM

Could Gillies be Nystrom two?

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