February 19, 2019 | 10:19pm ET
NEXT FEW GAMES VITAL FOR WILD DECISIONS
Paul Fenton, GM
The Minnesota Wild have four games before the Feb. 25 trade deadline, one of which is underway in Anaheim against the Ducks at the time of this article, and GM Paul Fenton is waiting to see if his club responds before contemplating potential roster moves.
With one win since the All-Star/bye-week break, Minnesota is sinking down the standings and could be selling multiple pieces before Monday’s 3pm ET deadline.
Fenton is certainly weighing his options and if the team falters over these next four games, including tonight’s action, he might up his efforts to completing trades.
“Each individual offer or trade would determine that,” Fenton told the Wild’s website. “There’s going to come something that may come available that gives me a younger guy and there’s something that may come available that gives me an older guy and I’ll assess each one of them.”
Wild centre Eric Staal is at the heart of trade speculation given his contractual status – he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Staal owns a 10-team no-trade list as part of his contract and has strategically listed certain contending teams, as his preference is believed to be to stay in Saint Paul. However, it’s an ongoing situation and Fenton could try to make a move in the coming days if the right opportunity and offer presented itself.
“We’ve carried most of the same roster most of the year with a little bit of flavor here but for the most part I’m trying to let them sort this out more than anything,” Fenton said. “Am I making phone calls? I’m guaranteeing you I’m making phone calls, receiving phone calls, entertaining phone calls. That’s just the seat that I’m sitting in right now.”
In addition to Staal, Fenton is also believed to be entertaining inquiries on pending UFA forward Eric Fehr, winger Jason Zucker, forward Charlie Coyle, and defencemen Jared Spurgeon and Jonas Brodin.