Even if the trade turns out to be the #30 + 3rd Rnd, I doubt that any other team matched that kind of value. I'm sure there were offers that were close to that though. And I'm sure he would prob. go back and swing a trade w/ a non-divisional team. Not that the value would be any better, but now we have created a beast to deal w/ next year. The right decision was still made at the time though.
We won the Gaborik/Klesla coin flip. We got the #4 pick a/ the lockout. We were due for some bad luck. It's already the #30 in my mind. If it turns out to be the #17, then that's just a bonus.
It has been a win-win trade for both teams. As Chargers said, 2 picks for a guy who wasn't part of your long term plans is good for the Wild, and a trip to the SC finals for Edmonton, well, bully for them too.