If he gets bought out by the Wild, he would become a UFA, and Im assuming could be had for cheap. He has a lot of potential, being a #3 overall pick, a 40 pt season in 68 games followed by a 9pt playoff in 17 games, and has size (6'3 215 lbs), and is young (25). His point totals being low recently is because he was hurt.
The pick behind Ovechkin and Malkin back in 04... i can't grasp this:
2010-11 Minnesota NHL 52 1 4 5
2008-09 Chicago NHL 68 6 34 40
Yeah 16 less games played but still a huge difference... minnesota is a more defensive team too...but it's mind boggling.
He was 6th on Minnesota for defenseman in 10-11 in average time on ice, and even strenth ice time on ice. He played on the bottom pair, and battled injuries, he didn't ever seem to fit into Minnesota's system.