I’m guessing Nate Prosser will be the sacrificial lamb.
To be fair, Fletcher had years to create the current Wild, for better or worse. Fenton hasn’t even been on the job for a year, and has been told by the owner “No Rebuild.” Takes away some of his ability to craft a roster.
But yeah, so far I’ve been underwhelmed with his moves...
Always a good soldier, never complains, isn't hard at ALL on the cap.....and his play, while no where near elite, is still solid....certainly better than some other players passing themselves off as "defensemen" in this league....
Which is kind of frightening since Prosser has proven time and again he's a good soldier (and knows the system inside and out) while the new pickups are totally unproven.
We've seen Fletcher make these same kind of moves before only to pick up the phone and give 'old reliable' a phone call and bring him back. To me Prosser has always been one of those, 'if it's not broke don't fix it' kind of players. He's not great but he's steady and reliable as all hell.
Solid assessment of Brodin's game. But doesn't change the reality, that IMO the Wild lack elite pieces needed to build a contender. IMO, the only way to get them is to A) develop through the draft, B) free agency, or C) offer several good pieces to hopefully in return acquire an elite one. The Wild are a team full of good players, some really good, but IMO none which are elite. I'm trying to remember a Cup champion, at least since the 1940's which didn't have at least three elite player
Brodin definitely has above average defensive skills, but he's as finesse as they come. For each of the last three years he's been shy to frightened, to a duck out of water on the blue line offensively. He's come around nicely but he's had the term 'shoot the puck more' in his ear during that time, which is longer than it takes to breast feed and wean a baby. If I weren't so old I'd loan him one of my testicles.
Take Spurgeon pulling Landeskog (all sprawled out on Dubnyk) by the jers