As for the move it's self, with the injuries the Wild have they needed some help. Don't see anything wrong with taking a shot in the dark with POS. If it doesn't work out which is fairly likely, simply waive him and move on. Not a whole lot of risk required in picking him up.
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Can't hurt too bad. The hilarity of picking him up again after the Demitra trade outweighs the possibility that we may end up putting him back on waivers. And he still has the potential to rediscover his scoring touch and pot 20 goals over an 82 game season again.
For POS and the Wild, I hope he finds a fit. We all know his personal drama as a younger player. He has a heck of a shot...and even was one of the better two-way players for LA a few years ago when he was motivated. If he can find some chemistry with someone to feed him the puck, he can shoot...
When I first saw it I was pretty disappointed, I'll admit.
But after I thought about it for a bit, what's wrong with it? Could be good to great at best, could be decent at worst. The Wild really don't lose anything at the moment, because they'll probably send either Earl or Wellman down, right?
Plus after this year he's an RFA. If he does well, then the Wild could probably sign him for cheap as a replacement/sub for Kobasew or Brunette. If he doesn't do well, then he'll probably just get waived. No biggie.
Pretty much. It's low-risk and frankly the team needs to try more of these low-risk trades and pickups (to cover some of other failed low-risk moves) and spark some goalscoring one way or another. If POS works, great. If not, well then he'll be waived and someone else's problem when Latendresse or Bouchard come back.
Rutherford, who signed O’Sullivan as a free agent on the day of training camp physicals, added that he was not the least bit surprised that another team took a shot on the player, who was placed on waivers Monday. That’s why he never put serious thought into subsequent choices that he would have needed to made if he had cleared, such as assigning him to Charlotte or pursuing a trade.
“I had talked to some teams about him,” said Rutherford. “Teams had asked me how he’d been playing and how he was around the team and this and that.”
The Hurricanes may not have had a clear answer to that first question, as O’Sullivan played just 10 of a possible 20 games, sitting out the others as a healthy scratch. When he did play, it was typically on the fourth line where it was difficult for him to make an impact as an offensive player.
“I have a lot of confidence in myself, and like everyone knows, I haven’t really had a chance here,” said O’Sullivan. “I haven’t got a lot of game opportunities, and I’m looking forward to getting back in the rhythm of hopefully playing more minutes and playing in situations I’m going to have a chance to succeed at.”
“It’s good for him,” said Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice of O’Sullivan joining the Wild. “He really didn’t get a chance here, and the biggest reason was that we’ve been healthy, fortunately. He’s a good player, he worked hard, was no problem and I’m sure he’ll have a lot of success there.”
With Latendresse out for a while, this makes sense, as everyone said low risk move and he's had a decent season before. He'll get plenty of time to prove himself and if he doesn't work out, then pop him on waivers and go from there.
Frankly the only move the wild could do right now barring any unlikely trade. I like the move. Let's wellman go back down and work on his game. I believe Patrick can succeed here given regular ice time on the top 2 lines preferably in mittens spot .
Wow called it! I am pumped. Change of scenery can do a lot for a player and hopefully this will lead to more offense. We know O'Sullivan is confident and has produced at the NHL level that is enough for taking a risk.