Russo's NHL Insider: Wild's focus on the future helped land big names

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  • Updated: January 27, 2013 - 10:56 AM

Though Zach Parise got the location and money he wanted, the Wild sold him on signing because of its deep prospect pool.

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ctillhockeyJan. 26, 13 8:21 PM

From the Pittsburgh Tribune, "Defenseman Simon Despres was scratched for the first time after a mostly sluggish first three games. Coach Dan Bylsma pushed hard to have Despres on the roster out of training camp, but he said Despres needs “more consistency in his play and his demeanor.”" The Wild doesn't need another Cam Barker, thank you. Besides, if our problem is offense, why get rid of Setoguchi? What we need is a player to generate some offense on a line with him.

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pazalunaJan. 26, 1310:17 PM

How long before Yo gets fired? And between the Twins and Wild, can we change MN's montiker to the "Land of 10,000 prospects...but very few actual victories."

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schmackdogJan. 27, 1312:58 PM

Wild focus on becoming another losing MN sports product. Seriously, what's in the water up there these days, arsenic?

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caferevJan. 27, 13 4:11 PM

ctillhockey Because this team gets BETTER if we move Zucker to the second line with Granny and PMB, that's why. Despres is just a guy in return for the salary dump. Zucker is special. The more you watch him, the more you realize he's exactly what that second line needs. Even in college, his quick, rocket release was becoming legendary. He can one time with the best of them, like a true sniper, whereas Seto...how many times has Seto tried to trap then shoot the puck when he should've just snapped off a one-time missile? The Opportunity Cost of carrying Seto and Cullen is just growing too high with Zucker, Coyle, and Larsson waiting. THAT is why you trade Seto for Despres. And if Despres turns into something, great. If not, you still have Suter, Gilbert, Brodin, Scandella, Spurgeon, and Dumba in the pipeline. Not too shabby.

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yathinksoJan. 27, 13 7:35 PM

Not impressed with their offense...and have not been for a while. Maybe Yeo is the problem.

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