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Implications of the Scandella trade, short and long term (ep. 16)

Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad break down the Wild’s trade with the Sabres that sent Marco Scandella and Jason Pominville to Buffalo. Did the Wild get good value back in the deal? In hindsight was Pominville’s contract regrettable for Chuck Fletcher? Where will Marcus Foligno and Tyler Ennis fit in? And where do we see the Wild lining up in the Central Division?

  • Mike Sullivan

    Judd, I agree 100% with your take that the Wild do not have the intestinal fortitude to go far in the playoffs. They are not tough enough, and they do not have enough talent. Based on all of those things, Shouldn’t Fletcher be fired? I will not sit here and say this roster was all of his fault. But let’s look at history. Fletcher traded away a Norris trophy winner in Burns. Signed Parise and Suter to obscene contracts, signed Pominville to a bad contract, traded away multiple draft picks for Hanzel and White who basically did nothing for the team. He is a BAD general manager. This team could have been built around Burns, and maybe would have had a superstar center by now. This team is not built to win in the playoffs, and i believe if the Wild can’t go farther next season,Then Leopold needs to make a change.

  • Tom Beckerstrom

    I do not see the Wild making the play-offs next season for one significant reason. It is called Chuck Fletcher and his recent struggles as a competent GM.

    Chuck, although very likable, has struggled to acquire players that enhance the success of the Wild Franchise. This trend seems to becoming more and more pronounced, especially since last season: the Arizona trade was a disaster, the back-up goal-tending situation has been untenable, the recent Draft where many of the players selected were small in stature, a current franchise issue and the Buffalo trade covering his mistake signing Pominville, does not represent Chuck as being competent.

    My personal feeling is we need to blow up the franchise and start over. We have had a recent run of 3 of the last 4 years being fairly strong. But, with the long-term contracts of Parise and Suter (good players still), the Wild has limitations. Now, with Nedereiter and Grandlund needing to be re-upped, this is a time for major decision. Again, I think we start over.





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