NHL Insider: Wild looking to upgrade, but won't mortgage future

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:56 AM

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has indicated his blue-chip prospects — Charlie Coyle, Jonas Brodin, Mikael Granlund, Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba — are untouchable.

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caferevApr. 2, 1311:55 PM

I wouldn't trade away any of the prospects, including Larsson or Bulmer. But I would love to see PMB turned into a third and fourth rounder. That would be sweet.

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vikesapApr. 3, 1312:29 AM

Bouchard struggled early and I was all for trading him; but now, I think hes really starting to come one. I think he is a valuable asset to have going into the playoffs. The depth that he provides far outweighs the return unless you make a "hockey trade" that brings in a comparable talent that can produce.

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dirtydogsApr. 3, 13 6:41 AM

You do not pay a GM to stand pat. The Wild are not quite there yet and have some trade bait on the roster. They have holes to fill and doing nothing is bascially saying that they are okay with being a playoff team, but that is all.

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tcatheartApr. 3, 13 6:59 AM

I tend to agree with not doing much this year. The Wild will get into the playoffs and make a nice run, but not likely they'll win it all. They are built to win for the next 2-4 years, so you can't afford to screw that up by trading away your best prospects. Look how well they're playing right now. If they had had a full training camp and a full season, just imagine where they'd be right now. THAT'S what is going to happen next year.

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geckojayApr. 3, 13 7:06 AM

I feel like we dodged a bullet with Clowe, especially for the price. I'm happy to be patient and let this team develop as planned. Nobody, aside from Barry Melrose, had this team making a run for the Cup this year. We are not in a desperate position where we have a year or two before having to blow things up. The Wild are in fine position for the future and it's not worth blowing on maybe playing an extra round. This team, as it is, has the potential to go pretty deep so I'm more apt to say leave it alone this year.

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skullplantApr. 3, 13 8:06 AM

Why can most other top teams seem to make trades to upgrade, but never the Wild? I agree with prospects, but a lot of these deals seem to involve draft picks. Sometimes you can't be content with what you have!

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mnangler99Apr. 3, 13 9:01 AM

How do the Penguins have 13 million available to spend today?? Look at all the talent they already have on that roster. To think they can spend up to another 13 million......man alive, they must be the best run club in all the NHL

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butski29Apr. 3, 13 9:04 AM

We could use an upgrade on D. Plenty of D in Houston and in the Press Box that could use a change of scenery. Package them and PMB and get a solid D man or winger. We need more size and grit if we plan to get far in the playoffs. St. Louis is an example of a big, gritty, yet highly skilled team. Could use a guy like Stewart from St. Louis!!

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deepbreathApr. 3, 13 9:56 AM

The Pens are currently at just under $66 million. How do they have $13 million to play with?

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jphaunApr. 3, 13 9:58 AM

Buffalo has some interesting players available but other than them, I don't see any other players that make any sense based on what you have to give up. The Wild should be more focused on free agency this summer with 10 million coming off the books from Backstrom and Bouchard but also a drop in the salary cap coming.

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