A great number of posts have been written in recent weeks regarding which players the Devils should resign, which free agents to pursuit, and any and all plausible (and implausible) trade scenarios. One team that no one has really mentioned is the Minnesota Wild. I read an article on The Hockey News which stated that they were going to be facing some financial constraints this off season. As the Devils have a need for a top line defensemen, the player that makes the most sense to target is Brent Burns. His cap hit is 3,550,000 for the next two years, which is considerably less then what Paul Martin will command as a free agent.
Now I hold no illusions that the Wild will even be willing to trade their stud defender, but the team has few attractive pieces and offensive problems. The other two defensemen on the team worth noting are 27 year old Nick Schultz (a stay at home kind of guy with the same cap hit as Burns) and Marek Zidlicky (talented but 33 years old and three years at a $4,000,000 is a lot to pay for a guy whose best days are behind him).
With more than $47 million committed to next season already and Harding and forwards Guillaume Latendresse and James Sheppard to re-sign, shopping either Schultz or Burns could be the only viable options for Fletcher to bolster his offense.
Anyway I am new to ILWT, but I have been a die hard Devils fan since 1988 when John Maclean scored the game tying and then the game winning goal against the Chicago Blackhawks to secure the teams first trip to the post season. I was only six years old but as my Dad went nuts, so did I, and a Devils fan was born
So can we get this done, or are there other defensemen (not Kaberle or Campbell) that we can target via trade?