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04-11-2013, 08:20 AM
FUBAR McDangles
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Article from Russo about Zucker and playoffs stuff
With fans and media “obsessed with playoffs, playoffs, playoffs” because the Wild hasn’t made it to the postseason since 2008, the Wild winger said Wednesday the most important thing for those inside the locker room is to not get caught up in the outside noise.

The Wild has hit the proverbial bump in the road. It has lost five of seven games and is only four points up on ninth place in the Western Conference.
The Wild is so tight to the $70.2 million salary-cap ceiling, it can’t recall Zucker without reassigning another player. However, it could place Heatley or Josh Harding on retroactive long-term injury reserve to create the cap room, so that hasn’t been the issue.

The issue is you’re only permitted four non-emergency call-ups after the trade deadline. The Wild had to waste two to make Coyle and Darcy Kuemper eligible for the AHL playoffs.

Granlund is up on emergency recall for Heatley. If the Wild was to call up Zucker without reassigning Granlund, Granlund would be taken off emergency recall and the Wild would effectively hit the maximum four call-ups for the rest of the season.
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