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Continued: Iginla emerges on list of free-agent candidates for Wild

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 29, 2014 - 7:36 AM

On the other hand, Vanek, the former Gophers star, offers the Wild what it lacks. When he’s on, the goal scorer’s good for 30 goals, 70 points and would give a Wild team not nearly productive enough around the net a player who is terrific in that vicinity.

From a work ethic component, that’s a big reason why the Wild is showing interest in Iginla. There are few more driven players, and there’s no denying the popular, likable forward craves his first Stanley Cup, which is appealing for a franchise seeking its first.

Fletcher and Yeo expect to have conversations with a handful of these type of pending free agents in the next two days. The outcomes could affect the Wild significantly, short-term and long-term.

“By adding a player, you don’t always get better,” Yeo said. “It has to be the right player, it has to be the right fit. That’s very important for us.”

 

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