Speaking of Haula and Nino.....what do you have to show Haula's "one point less than Ninos best season" numbers weren't also a "fluke"? Seems up to last year Haula was about a 30 point a season player, which is about what he's on pace for 13 games into the current season. Given the Golden boys are currently sitting one spot above the cellar dwelling Kings, I'd say it's certainly a possibility everything out of Vegas was a "fluke" last year. I wouldn't be holding my breath expecting Haula to put
Nino did score more at the time, but Haula's scoring skills were rubbed out in favor of training him to be a PK specialist to replace the expensive Brodziak. The trouble is Haula was terrible at checking; which is where Brodziak excelled. Obviously the Wild don't need players who know how to check.
Brodziak is a prime example of a center who could make Koivu look bad because Koivu has the courage of a dead mule.
BOTH Haula and Brodziak substituted for Koivu (over the year
We will find out for sure as to the whole problem is but my guess is one of two things, we either have one of most idiotic owners or a owner who is a huge fan of the players. I say idiotic in that if he has been quiet and hasn't interfered with the GMs decisions he has sat and watched the team fall apart years with no improvement. I say a fan because maybe he is going over the GMs decisions and uses being a fan of players to veto and go that way. I mean no other team would have resigned Koivu wi
There were fans excited about the Wild signing Dany Heatley and then there were those who thought it was a poor decision. Either of those fans saw him as a huge scoring machine or an old player on the decline destined for a big payoff / retirement package from the Wild.
The same can be said for Thomas Vanek. Fans were either punch-drunk thinking he was going to bring all kinds of extra scoring, or those who felt he was another Wild oldster receiving yet another big buck retirement pa
Guys, where are all these good players the Wild has let go?? It's not as if the league is littered with ex-Wild players having all sorts of success! Bring up Haula and Tuch if you want but that was a unique situation that came about because of the way the Wild handled the protection of their players during the expansion draft.
Nino was a better player at the time the decision was made to leave Haula unprotected during the expansion draft. Nino IMO had a higher upside as well.