I like Miettinen. He's a slick guy, solid both ways. At the very least, he's better than JJ.
I have a little bit of optimism regarding this move.
Wild fans were not all that happy with Mittens last year, but his role on the Wild was to be on one of the top lines with Koivu.
Many Wild fans said that he is a very good pk'er, good skater, etc, just not a great finisher.
To me he should be an upgrade on Jaffray. He's not an all-star, but he might be able to make that line playable at least.
Could be interesting. We all know we had a hole in that spot. Jaffray is not cutting it. If Mittens can be an improvement, it's great because we didn't need to lose 1 asset to get him. If not, we can let him go. Win / Win for us.
I don't think it's a big deal. I'm sure these players want to play first and foremost, regardless of what team it's with.
It's not like this is a Nabokov-type situation, where he signed with a contender (Detroit) only to be claimed by a bottom-feeder (Isles) and was therefore upset. Winnipeg is actually ahead of TB in the standings.
While I agree waivers for this sort of thing isn't to my liking, rules are rules and we are playin' by them.
May be viewed as a bit of a smug move by some, and I can see that side of the coin most definitely. But, with that being said, I like that our management are willing to do it. I think our management is viewed by many as a group of "nice guys", but I love the fact they viewed Miettinen as a player that could help us and therefore did what it took to add him to our roster, whether it pissed off some people or not (as I am sure the Yzerman and the Lightning aren't very happy).