Clark is putting up some very good numbers and definitely an upgrade over Falk. Falk has not been good at all. I dont like the plus/minus stat much but he has been a -7 with pretty sheltered minutes. I get the whole right/left handed argument for pairings but Prosser has been a lot better. One of those two is probably on the move though...
After thinking about this a little more I am guessing that Prosser is going on waivers and Fletcher has checked around the league and know teams will put in a claim so The Wild can still stay at 48 contracts. He can be a 6 defensemen on a lot of teams out there that are riddled with injuries. Also I am guessing the Wild don’t want his one way on the books next year if they don’t see him as part of the future. Will already have Suter, Brodin, Gilbert, Spurgeon, Stoner and then have free agent options for last spot, Scandella, RFA Falk or Dumba which is probably unlikely.
gotta think this has been being worked on for a little while. probably since the time the wild were dropping more games than they were winning and all the experts on HFBoards were complaining about our bottom three defensemen. The timing is incidental.
Settle down people...At worst, this is a depth signing on defense. Outside of Suter and Gilbert, our blueline is fairly young and has no playoff experience. Doesn't hurt to add some veteran experience.
At best, this could be a precursor to something else going on.
Either way, this doesn't hurt. Not very FA signing needs to be a "sexy" one.
Unless there is some sort of trade going-on, this makes zero sense. Makes one think that Fletch has a screw loose as they say. Seems like Paul Mara down in Houston would fit the bill without spending the money. Younger than Clark, bigger, appears to have better NHL career stats. I don't know how Clark lockerroom experience would be any better than Mara's.