As it turns out, Minnesota Wild defenceman Marek Zidlicky is not being traded to the New Jersey Devils.
With Zidlicky (0 goals, 13 assists, -7, 22 PIM) being a side distraction in the downfall of the Wild this season, it seems the headache would be dealt.
Zidlicky seems to be misleading reporters, telling the Minnesota Star Tribune, “We’ll see next couple hours. I’m here right now,” in regards to being sent to another team, such as the Devils.
GM Chuck Fletcher didn’t sound like anything was imminent and laughed when I said Zidlicky told me, “We’ll see next couple hours.” I asked Zidlicky if he wants out. “Give me a couple days. That’s tough to say right now.”
NHL.com reported tonight that Zidlicky certainly isn’t going anywhere, but that a deal could be imminent. Here’s what’s been going on, as NHL.com breaks it down:
The 35-year-old Zidlicky reportedly has been unhappy with how he’s been used by first-year coach Mike Yeo, including being a healthy scratch four straight games between Jan. 21 and Feb. 2. According to the Star Tribune, after the third benching, Jan. 31, Zidlicky told Fletcher he would waive his no-trade clause for a move to the right team.
But, perhaps, the Wild would be better off without Zidlicky’s services, as Puck Daddy broke down the pros and cons when Zidlicky has and has not played.