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Originally Posted by saywut View Post
If we're out of it at the deadline they can move him, assuming he isn't returning. He's one of our most productive forwards though.
This is pretty much my thought. I doubt there is a big difference between trading him now and at the deadline (outside of Bruno pulling a Gaborik getting injured). He's a value, but not that much to a team like Chicago as Brunette would be a $2.5 million third liner when someone cheaper can be had. If someone is getting traded by the Blackhawks, I would expect to be similar to the Bruins' Kessel deal in that they will try to get picks instead of players.

The other key is something that saywut alluded to. While Brunette is not part of the Wild's long-term plan (let's face it, he's 37), he's one of our most productive forwards. Unless there is an immediate return for a young top-six forward (which at best would be a lateral move for this season), the move will cost the team money and production. It also isn't a good signal to send your team that they will be worse and miss playoffs for a third straight year when you are trying to sign your captain and one of the top young defensemen to good deals.

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