If they are more than five points out at the deadline (likely), they should be doing some unloading. But there are no really logical candidates, as there were in Year One. Of the 30 and over set (Bombardir, Brunette, Dowd, Laaksonen, Marshall, Roloson, Walz and Zholtok), only Bomber, Rolo and Walz would bring better than a fourth rounder, and they are too valuable. I'm sure not liking the results without Walz the past two weeks! I don't see much of a market for Manny. Few if any playoff contenders would see him as a No. 1, and he's pricey for a No. 2 and that's a commodity that teams don't look for at the deadline, anyway. I don't see that many of the under 30s as fitting the mold of a deadline deal type guy, even if they're not in our long term plans. Maybe someone looking to add grit for a cup run will want Daigle...
Highest interest: Walz, Brunette.
I imagine there would be definite interest in Walz and Brunette. Walz for his package of speed, defensive ability, and work ethic, Brunette for his toughness along the boards and great hands. You'd need a 2nd rounder or better to get either of these guys.
Medium interest: Zholtok, Dowd, and Wiemer.
Zholtok might attract a team who is down a center due to his good performance in last year's playoffs. Dowd has many of the same qualities as Walz, and what he lacks in speed he makes up for in play-making ability. He'd be an ideal 3rd or 4th line center with PK duties for a lot of teams, and has a Cup ring to boot(I think he will eventually become an assistant coach in this organization). Wiemer, even though he was waived earlier this season, could be attractive for his toughness and all-around game. You're looking at mid to late rounders here.
Wild cards: Goalies, M. Chouinard
I could see the goalies attracting the interest of a team who loses a goalie due to injury or something. They've both proven themselves in the playoffs, and while Manny is the younger and cheaper of the two, Rollie looks to be the more consistent. Marc Chouinard might attract a team who needs a face off specialist. The goalies might fetch anything from a 1st to a 3rd depending.
Unlikely to attract interest:
Laaksonen - his brand of soft, fast hockey is easy to come by.
Bombardir - too injury prone, has not played as well this season.
Marshall - he'd probably even clear waivers.
Who would the Wild trade?
Well, seeing them demote Darby means to me that there are no sacred cows in Minny this year, but I would be very surprised to see them lose Dowd or Brunette, rather surprised to see Walz or Zholtok go, while I could see a goalie go if the price was right. I would not be surprised to see Wiemer or Chouinard go for a late round pick.
I imagine there would be definite interest in Walz and Brunette. You'd need a 2nd rounder or better to get either of these guys.
I might consider giving Brunette up for a No.2, as guys without wheels tend to have quickly diminishing returns over 30. Walz, no way for a No.2. He'll still be fast 3 years from now. He's a work out fiend who skates around with parachutes attached to him and weighted skates after practice.
I might consider giving Brunette up for a No.2, as guys without wheels tend to have quickly diminishing returns over 30.
Really? I'd think the wheels would be one of the first things to go - Seeing that Brunette was never fast, it would seem to me his game could continue well into his 30s relying on smarts and positioning.