Marek Zidlicky's exit generates a wave in return

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 25, 2012 - 7:31 AM

The unhappy Wild defenseman was traded to New Jersey for familiar help and future help.

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libbasherFeb. 24, 12 9:51 PM

can we go ahead and trade this entire sorry franchise to new jersey too? Successful pro hockey will never happen in MN.

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tink0077Feb. 24, 1210:09 PM

We were trounced X-X? Hey, Editor. I think Russo just submitted his rough draft.

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bhrnew1lFeb. 24, 1210:20 PM

I like the trade, it's very reasonable. It proves that the team is willing to play the type of game it needs to win now, and yet what team is not trying to get players for the future. Bringing back players that fans are fond of if even for the short term is going to fun for the fans who have seen so may regulars leave. I can't help but think that if the team can get their power play going and backstrom is given great support, the wild will make the playoffs. I give credit to fletcher,teams don 't want to play against a team with players like mister vellieux

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freedubayFeb. 24, 1210:33 PM

bhrnew1l, is that you Fletcher? Thanks for bringing back a couple of retreads for the old administration.

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sgjsdadFeb. 24, 1210:38 PM

I like this trade too. Considering the Wild would have dealt Zids out of here for a used puck bag, getting 4-5 guys back for him is pretty darn good work by Chuck Fletcher plus he gets rid of Zidlicky's awful contract. Heck, if just Palmieri develops at all the trade was worth it....actually it was worth it to get Zids and his contract the heck out of here. That puts the Wild somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million (maybe a little more) under the cap heading into the '12-'13 season. If Fletch can move Harding he should do it. If not the next move has to be contacting Zach Parise's agent the very second New Jersey's season ends and making a maximum offer for ZP's services for the next 6-8 seasons.

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blitzenagainFeb. 24, 1211:04 PM

We basically ran Zidlicky out of town for 2 guys who were done here (and done in the NHL) and a guy who has been in hte league 5 years now as a 3rd round pick who hasn't done a thing. OK, I get it. At least they got something...but to think Veilleux has anything lieft is dreaming...he wasn't even in the NHL last year. Sorry to say, but its time to look at those summer golf passes for any Wild players who remain after next week.

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washburnlkFeb. 24, 1211:06 PM

I bet Parise can hardly wait to go to a 12th place team. We'll have plenty of cap space, it's more a question of who will sign here and I can all but guarantee it won't be Parise. He's hitting his prime and wants to win, other teams will offer as much or more than we will so let go of that pipe dream.

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beodegardFeb. 24, 1211:17 PM

To the naysayers, I don't know what you have been watching over the last few years to complain about or what you want to have happen ? We were soooo depleted and over the last year we have hope. Never wanted Foster out, don't know about the other guy ? Plus draft pick, for a guy who just wanted out anyway ? This trade was a huge win. Go Wild !

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striker76Feb. 25, 1212:22 AM

I'm still holding out hope that Parise will be headed this way as well. The Wild can't compete without an elite player that can score goals. Koivu makes for a good number 2, but he's not the face of a franchise. Parise did just buy a house in MN, so there's no doubt that he likes coming home. Now if only the Wild offer him a decent contract because I actually think he wants to play here!

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kevin077Feb. 25, 1212:55 AM

Don't under estimate the VALUE of the 2nd round pick (Washington's). Mario Lucia, Johan Larsson, and Jason Zucker are the draft picks made by Chuck Fletcher in the late 2nd round, right where this pick will end up. That player should be the key to what this deal looks like in the future. Sure Foster and Veilleux will get some playing time. First wildcard is Palmieri at 6-3 220 lbs. He has some skill but has struggled this year. Does a change of scenery turn him into this years' Latendresse? Second wildcard is the conditional 3rd round pick if New Jersey plays in the Eastern Con. Finals. Another draft gem? or even a bargaining chip?..... oh yeah did I mention 4 million cape space vanished for next year... opening some room up.. maybe even for a player like Parise? You know Fletch will try, and what "Minnesota Player" doesn't dream of playing for the home-town team. A healthy Team, with Parise and Granlund next year, sure sounds exciting.

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