That's not all. Apparently everyone in the Wild organization told Fenton trading for Kessel when they didn't even know who was on his No Trade list was a bad idea and to not do it. But The Smartest Guy in the Room does it anyway, and then gets mad when Kessel tells him "Your team isn't even close to being a Cup contender. I'm not waiving it for you." And this was even after Suter talked to Kessel to try and get him to come to the Wild.
Also, Fenton's apparently been shopping Zucker t
Over in the IIHF championships things have looked good for the Wild. Fiala with very good stats, Kunin motivated, Kaprizov playing in a line with the Russian big boys. It's only the IIHF, but hopefully that is some indication of good things to come. I still think Fenton was wrong with Fiala, but hope for the best anyways.
I read an article on him after the Wild hired him and everyone is saying how hard working and thorough he is and what a great judge of talent he is and everything he has done so far has flown in the face of that description. Trade Nino for Rask basically on a whim without even looking at Rask’s stats or learning that the Canes were going to buy him out this summer? Trading Granlund, the top scorer on the team with a year left on his contract, for a single prospect? And not even Nashville’s best
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I examine his first year as Wild GM and discuss what lies ahead and things he may want to work on in order to improve. Enjoy and discuss...
To be fair, I think Fenton needs time. Not every move a GM makes is going to be a home run, or to his teams advantage. Sometimes trades just don't work out.
However, many of his moves are curious to say the least.
I get Nino/Rask deal. Sometimes a change of scenery is what a player needs. But like @CreaseAndAssist said, why trade for a guy that was going to be cut loose by his team this summer? You could have picked him up for far less than $4M/
Be interesting to see how many off the board picks this team makes. Russo thought they were going after Spencer Knight since Caulfield will be gone at 12. Not sure how I feel about that. Yeah, he's a great goalie, but to spend a first round pick on a goaltender, he better be the second coming of Jacques Plante...and it doesn't matter how great a goalie you have in nets IF THE TEAM CAN"T SCORE...