Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Wild Update- July 1

The Wild have made their presence known in the 2008 NHL offseason. Coming off a rough season in which they got blown out of the water by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round of the playoffs, some moves are on the horizon. The Wild acquired defenseman Marek Zidlicky from Nashville in exchange for a second round pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft, and forward Ryan Jones. Zidlicky's a really solid offensive defenceman; a second round pick next year is a pretty steep price, and I've never heard of Ryan Jones, so I think we won that deal.
We also re- acquired Andrew Brunette as a free agent from Colorado. Brunette was the hero of the '03 playoffs, scoring the OT winner against those same Avalanche in the first round. I don't think we acquired many goals with Brunette, but who knows, he had a breakout year last year in Colorado.