Mtl is really deep in defensive prospects that they can do whatever they want wth Fischer. I'm sure they wouldn't mind trading him if the right deal came along but you still have to figure that as a 1st round draft pick he still has alot of upside. They can easily afford to let him take his time in developing into a useful member of our team or until such time as he has some trade value.
I don't see Minnesota's motivation to do this. They just signed him to a six year deal in February.
Exactly. Schultz is a solid young proven NHL defenseman. How the heck do they justify trading him for some kind of project prospect and a relatively meaningless draft pick? It's a total non-starter from a Wild pov, and would be a total steal for the Habs if it wasn't.
When did Fischer become gritty ? I thought he was lacking in that dept. ?
You thought correct. Fischer and gritty don't belong in the same sentence. Although he has improved his physical game, it's gone from none to some. He's actually good along the boards but in the crease is where he struggles. I hope that when he fills out his frame, he adds a good deal of strength, as imo as somone that used to work in a gym, getting a lot stronger gives you confidence (or so it did for me) so the hope would be that if he gets bigger and stronger, it will help him in the crease, move forwards and be less fun to play against, although I really don't think the physical brand of hockey will ever be a big part of Fischer's game. Imo for Fischer his best asset is his puck moving and smart defensive zone play.