Are the Minnesota Wild in trouble? Depends on who you ask, but a growing chorus of fans are calling for change. Five games in, five points in the standings, and a .500 team. New players, ahem Ryan Suter, struggling to find their game, and a lineup that can't score below the top line. Defensive gaffs, soft goaltending at times, and forwards that aren't even bringing the hard work (Sorry, Tim) that Wild fans love.
Debate all day long about the perils of panicking early. Argue until you are blue in the face about whether or not Mike Yeo needs to bench a player to shake up the line up. This isn't your time to shine, coach.
Today, you are Chuck Fletcher. You have a decision to make. You can trade, recall, and assign. All NTCs are in effect, as well as the salary cap. Let's take a look at a few popular options. Then tell us what you would do.
Trade Devin Setoguchi
Russo wrote recently that Setoguchi may be an option for the Penguins in their search for a forward, with Penguins prospect Simon Despres mentioned as a possible return. The two Penguins fans I talked to were not at al pleased with that arrangement, which means that if Fletcher can make it work, he should. Despres is a top defensive prospect, and the Wild could definitely use some help on the blue line.
Minnesota Wild in Trouble? Playing GM
Hockey Wilderness | Jan 29