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Updated: February 27th, 2012 2:45pm
Wild send defenseman Greg Zanon to Boston for Steve Kampfer

Wild send defenseman Greg Zanon to Boston for Steve Kampfer

by Nate Sandell
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The Minnesota Wild maintained their role as sellers by making one final move before the 2 p.m. trade deadline on Monday.

Defenseman Greg Zanon, in his third year with the Wild, was shipped to the Boston Bruins in exchange for 23-year-old defenseman Steve Kampfer.

Kampfer, a Michigan native and former standout at the University of Michigan, made his NHL debut in 2010. He has played in 48 games since, spending parts of both seasons with the Bruins' AHL affiliate in Providence, R.I.

Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher told reporters on a conference call Monday that he has opted to have Kampfer start his time with the organization in Houston with the team's AHL squad.

"We play the same system in Houston as we do in Minnesota ... He's a young guy. He needs to play. We'll let him get his confidence, get his game going and he can learn the system there instead of throwing him into the fire right away," Fletcher said.

Zanon, 31, logged time in 163 games in his first two years with the Wild but has been limited this season, recording two goals and four assists in 39 games. The sixth-year defenseman was in the final year of his three-year contract he signed as a free agent in 2009.

The trade capped off a busy day for the Wild. Assistant captain Nick Schultz was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers early Monday morning for defenseman Tom Gilbert. It was also reported that Brad Staubitz, sent to the minors earlier this month, was claimed off re-entry waivers by the Montreal Canadiens.

"Today's trades were not about getting rid of those players as much as adding different pieces for us going forward," Fletcher said. "I do want to thank them for what they did and certainly acknowledge their accomplishments."

All three moves came three days after Fletcher worked out a deal with the New Jersey Devils that brought in defenseman Kurtis Foster, forwards Nick Palmieri and Stephane Veilleux and a 2012 second-round draft pick for disgruntled defenseman Marek Zidlicky.

Currently five points out of the Western Conference's final playoff spot, the 12th-place Wild (28-25-9, 65 points) have won three of their last four games, including a two-goal, third period comeback Sunday against San Jose. The Wild host the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday in a showdown between two squads battling to stay in the playoff picture.

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