The Minnesota Wild have not had a successful season and despite general manager Bill Guerin not waiving any white flag and still believing this team can battle for a playoff spot, they might have no choice but to come to grips with the fact that they will not.
Currently, the Wild are eight points behind the second Wild Card spot and have four teams ahead of them in that race. By point percentage, the Wild are well below .500 (at .477 to be accurate) and almost every playoff projection has them with miniscule odds to eventually make it. A whole lot would need to break in their favor for it to work out, and even if this roster begins to get fully healthy again, time is running out.
And speaking of time, there are just a number of weeks before the NHL trade deadline on March 8 and this team might not want to sell off their pending free agents, in some blinded sense of determination to not give up. Sometimes, you have to swallow that pill, Bill.
One player that could be on his way out is legendary netminder Marc-Andre Fleury. An unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, and possible retirement in his near future, Fleury is reportedly getting some interest around the league as a goaltending acquisition some contending teams could have, according to Pierre Lebrun.
Unlike some other seasons, there are a whole lot of very good teams that are currently near the top of their respective divisions, who are in need of solid goaltending. The Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins, the Los Angeles Kings (it would be hilarious for Fleury to reunite with Cam Talbot), the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Edmonton Oilers, and the Colorado Avalanche, are all teams who are potentially making the playoffs but desperately need some solidifying in between the pipes.
With his No-Move Clause in-hand, it would be completely up to Fleury if a trade was made, but if he gives the green light, the Wild could make it work for them and get a benefit out of this horrible season.
- And speaking of trades, for some reason the fans of the Vancouver Canucks who are online believe that they could acquire Joel Eriksson Ek. Here's why it's safe to ignore that noise: [Hockey Wilderness]
- Slowly healing Minnesota Wild get vote of confidence from GM Bill Guerin. [SI]
- Danila Yurov just cannot stop scoring. He's now up to 37 points in 47 games in his KHL season. We are praying he can make the trip overseas this summer.
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