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01-08-2013, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by BUX7PHX View Post
Again, the Wild are not in bad shape. The contracts of Bouchard and Cullen bring the Wild about $3 -4 million below the $64 million floor. They have 3 RFA D who each makes less than $1 million, and their top 2 prospects are a C/LW and D with modest entry-level deals. One of Setoguchi or Clutterbuck may go, but I doubt both would. I'd even say that they would rather deal Backstrom and his huge salary first, and pick up a goalie for about half the price. The idea is right, but the team can,stand pat.

As I have said before those other teams MAY choose to go the route of trades. The teams I mentioned all have scenarios where there is a certain player that they are planning on bringing back, but need to make a move to comfortably do so. I know that I have always advocated a Yandle to Boston trade. Peverley and Boychuk for Yandle is not a move that has to be made, but it is a deal that makes sense for both sides, as Boston has some RFAs coming up, and they would actually clear about $1.8 million in room. Some of that goes to Rask, some goes to a player like Caron, and now the Bruins have the exact same amount to spend on FA as before, but they were able to re-sign players without breaking the bank. Otherwise, they may lose an extension for Caron or Rask, b/c there wasn't a plan in place to see what money needs to go to which player...
I don't think that the Wild really wants to put faith in Harding, considering he is diagnosis with MS. I also believe that goalies are measured by the guys in front of them and the goalies ability to trust and predict the 'D'. IMO, ATM, it's unlikely that the Wild will try to acquire a new goalie, but I do expect a discount. So that means re-signing Backstrom and still filling 6 other roster spots for under $7.5 mil. I don't see how they can replace Backstrom for the money that should be offered or if they can trust Harding to step up to #1. Clutterbuck is an ideal Tippet type player, and Setoguchi fills a need and is familiar with the Pacific.
That scenario of Yandle being traded to the Bruins may be (somewhat) fair, but I wouldn't want to trade Yandle unless if it's overpayment and fills needs. While Boychuk would be a good asset, he doesn't fill a need. It would mean moving Morris or Boychuk, so another team may have to be involved to make that scenario work. But I do not advocate trading Yandle until Gormley proves himself. And if Yandle is going to be traded, I hope he goes to the Bruins or 1 of the NYC(metro) teams. He deserves the consideration.

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