After the Washington Capitals practiced Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center, Nate Schmidt and Matt Niskanen took a walk around the concourse to find their high school jerseys. Schmidt played at St. Cloud Cathedral, Niskanen at Virginia-Mountain Iron-Buhl.
"It's fun to reflect on our memories here, a lot of great ones, some not so great," Schmidt said, laughing.
Schmidt said it's amazing how the walk brought them back to different places in time, "Like I can remember where I was, what I was saying, who I was talking to after my first high school game here."
Of course, Schmidt was then interrupted by teammates Jason Chimera, Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky ribbing him about the glory days: "Back with the Gophers …" Chimera kidded.
Now that the Winnipeg Jets extended Dustin Byfuglien's contract to the tune of five years, $38 million, where does that leave Andrew Ladd at the Feb. 29 trade deadline?
Cue GM Kevin Cheveldayoff: "It's a question that's fair to ask. But with all the moving parts and [salary cap] projections, it's hard to really say for sure where everything falls into place because there are a lot of factors that are external that we have to get a good feel for where we can be internally."
Don't bother trying to comprehend that. The translation is Ladd's a goner.
Want to know why Wild GM Chuck Fletcher hasn't made a trade yet? One opposing GM guessed it's because the one player all teams are clamoring for is Charlie Coyle, the only one of the Wild's young corps who has taken an appreciable step this season.