Dealing just starting for Wild general manager Fletcher

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 2, 2013 - 3:18 PM

Chuck Fletcher made a bold move at the draft, but he still must find cap space.

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taxpayer17Jul. 1, 13 9:37 PM

Russo - what blue liners are out there that will be buy out casualties of other teams and potential Wild signees?

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bhrnew1lJul. 1, 1310:00 PM

If I wanted to build a team that had more talent dollar for dollar than other teams given the same amount of money to spend, Fletch is your guy. I seen that bit with the North Stars, heck, they had Kent Nielson from Calgary, they had Lawton, they had all kinds of wizards. Those teams never faired well and certainly were not consistent winning teams, players with potential that made them 1st round picks....... Fletch and Leo are on the same page- This team might have a moment or two up their sleeve

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kilofoxJul. 1, 1310:51 PM

Most of Fletcher's moves have blown up in his face. He could be on his last legs here if the team doesn't turn around real quick.

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caferevJul. 1, 1311:07 PM

It bothers me that Russo doesn't talk about Brodziak. He's the obvious guy that should be traded or bought out, along with Gilbert. But unlike Gilbert, his absence won't leave a hole. In fact, it creates an opportunity to bring more skill into the third line center position, even if you lose some size. Brodziak was awful last year. He was awful the entire season. And it wasn't a fluke. He just can't play in this system, at this pace, at this stage of his "career." Now, imagine being held hostage to that ball and chain for TWO more years, and being forced to watch him freeze up time and time again in front of open nets, fall down when trying to direct a one-timer into the net, or simply passing it to an empty corner when faced with a point-blank range situation. Sure, he has size and some decent speed, but he has NO skill whatsoever. I mean, am I the only guy that gets embarrassed for him when watching him stumble around in front of the next on odd-man rushes? Get him out of here and spend that money on Cullen, or someone like him. There's just NO WAY in this market that a 37-year-old Cullen will get more than a two-year, $5.6M deal. No way. Now, with that being fact, doesn't it seem quite ridiculous to continue paying Kyle Brodziak that type of money to be a glorified fourth line center??? If you want to get better in this climate, you need to be BOLD! One more thought: If you're trying to get better, WHY would you trade Seto and his $3M when you can simply buy out Brodziak and his $2.8M??? Does Fletcher REALLY have a Harvard degree???

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jimiekJul. 1, 1311:18 PM

So his name is Seto? The guy maybe the worst NHL skater I have ever seen.

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captmnJul. 1, 1311:27 PM

Caferev, thank you, its nice to know I am not alone thinking Brodziak is the lamest player to call himself a pro.. but lets be honest, Stoner must be a mirror image and also has to go.. Plz send Stoner packing.. I would buy season tickets if Brodziak and Stoner were gone.. Kilofox, are you watching the same team here... Fletcher is doing a fine job and as far as I can tell, theres only been one mistake (Leddy) that I can think of... Getting Nino more then doubles the loss of Johan Larsson and getting Coyle more then makes up for Leddy.. I totally agree that it would be nice to not have made the trade but still... one bad move doesnt ruin my feelings at all for the Wild staff...I agree that it would not be a good move to let Seto go right now.. but Im sure theres more to it then what meets the eye, such as contract issues etc and theres times that you hve to move someone you would rather not because his contract will be up soon and Im hoping I speak for all when I say, do not let him walk for free.. get something for him, even if its just a draft pick... Look at the amount of tears Nashville has leaked because Suter walked for free, same with Parise... Having said all that, if FLetcher lets Seto go, Im confident he has examined all avenues prior to it and it was in the best interest of the team.. Im praying Brodziak and Stoner are not on the upcoming Wild roster next season...

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lindy_frank123Jul. 1, 1311:37 PM

add to that list the 5'9" defenseman they have he'll get killed..noone on the back line should be under 6'0"..noone.... it's a big guys game now has been for sometime...Clutterbuck was overrated as is Broziak and Stoner...all overrated...amazes how much "hate" Koivu generates over these guys...why?

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elmore1Jul. 2, 1312:02 AM

Unless Fletcher can pull a rabbit out of his hat I don't see significant improvement in the line up. If they lose Cullen they will be worse. The never ending rebuilding continues for the Wild.

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minneg56Jul. 2, 13 7:02 AM

It seems the majority of Wild homers still wear rose colored glasses. Fact is Fletcher IS in his 4th year. The franchise isn't in much better shape than it was when he took over. 'Cupboard was bare excuses are no longer acceptable. Leipold essentially forced the 'big deal' last July 4th - that wasn't Fletcher's doing. Mr. L. was tired of seeing the fan base erode and the season ticket renewals drop off. I enjoy the math analogy offered in the article! But here's the real equation; 2 more NHL level d-men + 2 more NHL level lines + an NHL quality back up net minder = 9 ... which is the number of NHL level players Wild is away from being an NHL club and not a glorified AHL squad.

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goalieguruJul. 2, 13 7:59 AM

I love the fact that the decreasing salary cap situation forces the overpaid vets that are coasting along in their career to buck up and prove their worth. Let em' scramble to find a good deal (albeit for less money) and work hard to earn their keep. There will be a lot of good deals out there next week when the market is flooded with expendable players looking for a job.

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