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Continued: NHL Insider: Wild looking to upgrade, but won't mortgage future

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 3, 2013 - 11:56 AM

In the past few days, the going rate for the top rentals in the NHL has been a handful of prospects and high draft picks.

“Every year, you go back and look at all the trades made at the trade deadline. A lot of teams traded prospects and picks for rental players to load up, and how many of those trades really work out?” Fletcher said Monday morning — hours before the Wild may have given him a bit of a concern by laying an egg against St. Louis.

“Like everybody, you’re always looking,” Fletcher said. “If you can find an upgrade that makes sense from an acquisition standpoint, you’ve got to consider it. But whenever you add a player, that means somebody’s coming out of the lineup.”

And that, too, concerns Fletcher. The Wild likes its team and doesn’t want to risk affecting team chemistry.

“Chemistry is a funny thing,” he said. “There’s only potentially 12 games left after this year’s trade deadline [because of the shortened season], so is that enough time to recreate chemistry?

“But our frame of mind is simple. We’re always calling around. But most of our work to improve the team happened last summer with the signings of Zach [Parise] and Ryan [Suter], Torrey [Mitchell] and [Zenon] Konopka. [Mike] Rupp’s been a big acquisition.

“If we can upgrade our team, we will. But we’re not going to force anything.”

 

Michael Russo • mrusso@startribune.com

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