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2012 NHL Trade Deadline: Minnesota Wild More Active Than Expected

The Minnesota Wild were more active than expected at the 2012 NHL trade deadline. Will it pay off?

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2012 NHL Trade Deadline: Minnesota Wild More Active Than Expected

The NHL trade deadline deals the Minnesota Wild made to ship off Nick Schultz and Greg Zanon left more questions than answers for Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher.

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NHL Trade Deadline: Minnesota Wild Send Greg Zanon To Boston Bruins

The 2012 NHL trade deadline looked like it was going to be a pretty slow one for the Minnesota Wild, but it turned out to be quite the opposite. After trading Nick Schultz away earlier in the day, the Wild sent Greg Zanon to the Boston Bruins for Steve Kampfer right at the 2 p.m. deadline.

Zanon scored just six points and and compiled 14 penalty minutes for the Wild this season, but his value was worth quite a bit more than what showed in the box score. SB Nation Minnesota's Bryan Reynolds broke down what Zanon might be worth in a feature on Monday morning.

Greg Zanon - A gritty, shot blocking, tough, stay-at-home defenseman is something every single playoff team wants at the deadline. He is almost 100% not going to be re-signed this summer, so the Wild could certainly use to get something for him before letting him walk. The Wild have a strong stable of young defenseman, and plenty of guys who are better all around players than Zanon. Once a fan favorite, Zanon has slipped into near scapegoat status. Getting out now may be best for both sides.

What he is worth: After what Chuck Fletcher got for Marek Zidlicky, the return for Zanon could be pretty high. A second round pick seems to be the going rate, and if that is offered, Fletcher should jump.

Instead of a second round pick, the Wild received the 23-year-old Kampfer from the Bruins. Reynolds wrote at Hockey Wilderness that it should turn out to be a good trade.

The Mike Yeo system does not fit with players like Greg Zanon, so getting something for him is a good thing. The Wild trade a one dimensional player for a young player who looks to be still under development, but good turn out to be a solid d-man.

If nothing else, it shouldn't hurt considering it was likely that Zanon was gone next year anyway.

For more on the Minnesota Wild, check out Hockey Wilderness. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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NHL Trade Deadline: Wild Shake Up Locker Room By Trading Nick Schultz

The NHL trade deadline hasn't been a quiet one for the Minnesota Wild as they longtime defenseman Nick Schultz to the Edmonton Oilers for Bloomington, Minn., native Tom Gilbert. It seems to be a tough trade for fans of the Wild to swallow and might be even more difficult for the locker room in the Xcel Energy Center.

The Oilers announced the trade while the Wild were still practicing, according to the Star Tribune, leaving quite a few players shocked that Schultz had been sent away including Cal Clutterbuck.

"It's shocking," Clutterbuck said, having trouble getting out words. "He's what this organization is all about. Has been for 10 years."


Related: NHL Trade Rumors: Deadline Deals The Minnesota Wild Could Make

For what it's worth, Schultz seems to be taking the trade in stride despite the fact that he's been in the Wild system since being drafted in the second round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and played a total of 743 games with the club.

"I hadn't heard anything until Russo brought it up to me last night actually," Schultz said. "It's always a possibility. I've been here a long time. I've been through a lot of times where my name's come up and nothing's happened. Today it happened, so just kind of deal with it.

"It's been fun. This is a great place to play, great fans, great people. I've had great memories here, great guys on the team. It's tough to go. This is all I know."

On the other end of the spectrum, the 29-year-old Gilbert seems downright giddy that he'll be able to return to Minnesota and play with the Wild.

"It's a great thrill for me, and I'm sure my parents are more ecstatic. They probably won't have to watch me on TV as much. I'm sure they're going to get season tickets now. They're pretty happy, too. ... I hope I'm a great fit."

At least he sounds like he'll be more happy to be in Minnesota than Marek Zidlicky, the defenseman the Wild traded away last week. If he's an upgrade will be determined soon enough.

For more on the Minnesota Wild, check out Hockey Wilderness. For more on the NHL in general, head to the SB Nation NHL hub at sbnation.com/NHL.

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NHL Trade Rumors: Deadline Deals The Minnesota Wild Could Make

The Minnesota Wild have assets that playoff teams want, leading to plenty of NHL trade rumors, but the question is how much are they worth?

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Marek Zidlicky Trade: Did The Minnesota Wild Get A Steal In Nick Palmieri?

The Minnesota Wild traded away disgruntled defenseman Marek Zidlicky to the New Jersey Devils for three players and a pair of draft picks. SB Nation Minnesota's Bryan Reynolds says Chuck Fletcher may have netted himself a steal.

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NHL Trade Rumors: Would Minnesota Wild Move Goalie Prospect Matt Hackett?

Even though the Minnesota Wild were recently able to snap a too-long losing skid, they aren't looking like they'll be Stanley Cup contenders as they're currently constructed. St. Paul's favorite hockey team could be players off the ice, however, as the NHL trade rumors continue to build as the trade deadline comes closer.

Marek Zidlicky has been included in the majority of the Wild trade rumors to this point, but SB Nation's Hockey Wilderness took a look at some of the other candidates that could be moved if the Wild decide to make an attempt at bolstering their roster. The site looked at the veterans the Wild might be willing to move, but with Zidlicky as the top player listed, it seemed to make more sense to pay attention to possible prospects that might be on their way out.

The most interesting player listed is probably 21-year-old goalie Matt Hackett, currently biding his time with the Houston Aeros. Hockey Wilderness summed Hackett's availability up as such:

Why is he available: The Minnesota Wild have a history of developing goaltenders. There hasn't been a single season without at least one solid goalie: Manny Fernandez, Dwayne Roloson, Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding with Hackett, Darcy Kuemper and Johan Gustafsson all currently developing. Hackett is considered the most NHL-ready out of all of them but Kuemper and Gustafsson each have their own impressive resumes.

What he might be worth: Probably not much alone due to the popular trend of acquiring hot but cheap goaltenders (sounds weird, I know). However, if I had to value him, I would say a 2nd or 3rd round pick. He's talented but again, he's a goaltender and goalies are the hardest to value.

The trade deadline isn't far away, and it doesn't seem like it will be all that exciting, but if a decent prospect is sold and the Wild miss the playoffs? Well, that might get some people excited.

For more on the Minnesota Wild, check out Hockey Wilderness. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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NHL Trade Rumors: Minnesota Wild Closer To Trading 'Disgrunted' Marek Zidlicky

The Minnesota Wild made Marek Zidlicky a healthy scratch in Thursday night's shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets. It seems that'll be the case going forward, too, at least until the NHL trade rumors currently swirling around the defenseman are turned into an actual transaction.

It seems there might be more to the story than initially planned on, however, as coach Mike Yeo alluded to some other issues with Zidlicky on Thursday night while talking the Star Tribune.

Yeo believes Zidlicky is not "all in" right now. Focus-wise, Yeo said, "I'm making an assumption that his head would not be in the right place to play this game."

"He would have to prove, just like every one of our players, that he's all in to what we want to do, and if you do that, and if you go out and show that night in and night, then absolutely," Yeo said. "Anybody who's here, we will treat them as part of the team. We will use every resource to be at our best every night."

If Yeo doesn't plan on playing Zidlicky, it seems a trade is all but imminent. It probably doesn't help his value, however, knowing that it's the coach -- and not the front office -- holding him out of the lineup.

For more on the Minnesota Wild, check out Hockey Wilderness. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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