Crippled Wild won't seek quick fix
MICHAEL RUSSO, Star Tribune
General Manager Chuck Fletcher said he won’t make any panic moves for quick fixes.
“I don’t think we want to react to the injuries and say we have to make a trade and fill those holes,” Fletcher said. “If we can do something that makes sense from a longer-term perspective, we would do it. But I don’t think we’ll look to move assets or make a trade to do something short-term.”“At this point, he’s just on rest,” Fletcher said. “It’s too hard to handicap how long [he'll be out].”
Fletcher has had several trade discussions with other general managers, but “it’s hard to wave that magic wand and create something. We’re hoping Marty [Havlat] and Petr [Sykora] are shorter-term injuries [groin strains].”
Fletcher made clear he’s not averse to trading draft picks, players or prospects, but “there has to be some logic to what you’re doing in terms of the bigger picture.”
The Wild has had a recent history of trading draft picks, and the depth of the organization has been depleted because of it.
To fill gaps, the Wild will continue to look at AHL Houston and the waiver wire. One intriguing name on waivers Friday was Anaheim’s Andrew Ebbett, a talented, albeit 5-9, forward. The Wild was considering putting in a waiver claim.