Something has Got to Change
The Wild are now winless in its past seven on the road (0-6-1), with only five goals in that stretch. It's now 1-8-3 (five out of a possible 24 points) in its past 12 overall. They have gone from first in the NHL three weeks ago to seventh place in the West. Mike Yeo said after the Vancouver shutout that the timing of it couldn't be better as the team took a couple of days to regroup in Banff, but nothing has changed. The Wild only could put pressure on Kiprusoff in the first eight and final six minutes of the game against the Flames. No offense to the Calgary Flames, but if you want to be in the postseason, that was a game which was an absolute necessity to win.
The offense just isn’t there. This team plays with no emotion, no heart, no desire. They seem unable to play with a physical edge. Scandella in particular has no confidence right now, indecisive, and afraid to make a physical play. Today he was sent down to Houston and center David Mcintyre was called up.
Is it coincidence that upon Zidlicky’s return is when the team stopped believing in itself? Zanon has been benched a couple of games as a healthy scratch. With 8 defensemen currently on the roster could Fletcher be looking to trade a d-man for a forward to help generate some much needed offense?
So I put this up this suggestion to the Flyer fans on this board. Would you trade a forward such as Matt Read to Minnesota for either Zidlicky or Zanon?