Wanting to trade
With the Wild offering defenseman Jonas Brodin and a forward to Columbus for center Ryan Johansen before he was dealt to Nashville and the team showing interest in Tampa Bay’s Jonathan Drouin with Matt Dumba’s name being the focal point, it’s clear Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher is trying to spark his slumping team with a bona fide trade.
The trade deadline is Feb. 29. The past two deadlines, Fletcher gave Buffalo significant assets for rentals Chris Stewart and Matt Moulson. Neither panned out and neither was re-signed, so it appears as of now at least that Fletcher is trying to give his team a shot in the arm with an actual “hockey trade.”
It’ll be interesting to see what Fletcher has up his sleeves after scouting meetings the past week in Florida.
An example to copy?
The Wild’s Mike Yeo might want to take a page out of Bruce Boudreau’s book when it comes to slumping veterans. With Ryan Getzlaf having a miserable season in Anaheim, the Ducks coach benched his captain for eight minutes after a giveaway led to an Ottawa goal.
Getzlaf then set up the winning goal.
“I certainly don’t want to do it too often. But what happens there is between me and Getzy,” Boudreau said.
No end in sight
With Jaromir Jagr turning 44 next month, the grizzly vet keeps being asked how long he will play? “My plan is I have no plan. I believe if you really wanted to, you could play until 60,” Jagr said.
There was a near brawl at the end of last week’s Canucks-Panthers game when Daniel Sedin taunted the Panthers bench after the overtime winner. He was apparently responding to some inappropriate chatter aimed at him and his brother, Henrik.
By all accounts, the culprit was Shawn Thornton.
“It’s a heat of the moment thing, an emotional game and stuff happens,” Daniel Sedin said.