Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wild Makes Another Great Move

Akin to the deal that landed them the incredible Jason Pominville last year, the Wild went out and secured Matt Moulson from Buffalo for a song.

OK, it was actually for two second round picks and a disappointing Torrey Mitchell, but is just as well could have been for a song.  

With the deal the Wild gain tough, veteran leadership, 30-goal scorer capabilities, and in a package that still has some tread on the tires.  Moulson's game - gritty and tough down low - is exactly what is needed in a Stanley Cup playoff run, where the games get more physical and the grind of the schedule takes over.

Is it a one year rental?  Perhaps.  I guess we'll see what happens to the contract situations when we get to next year.  But in the meantime, it is a huge vote of confidence by GM Chuck Fletcher that this team can win now.  Heck, their record since January 2 is 14-2-2.  And by landing someone with offensive pop, they address the one thing where they really need to improve - putting the biscuit in the basket with more frequency.  

For once since their inception, the Wild look like a deep, talented team.  With two great lines, outstanding blue line play, and some of the best goaltending in the league, this should be a team that most teams in the NHL do not want to face come playoff time.

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