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Veteran forward Owen Nolan could provide boost to playoff contender

Mar 2, 2010, 3:18 PM EST

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This may sound odd, but a 38-year old forward who has been a staple
of the NHL for 20 years could be a key piece in a trade in the next 24
hours.

It appears as if the Wild are likely to deal Owen Nolan,
with Minnesota a long shot at best to reach the playoffs. Michael Russo,
Star Tribune beat writer for the Wild, says that with the Wild so far
back, Nolan could
be gone
:

A month ago when
Wild was one, two points out, I was told the Wild was not trading Owen
Nolan. I am not being told that anymore.


I do believe there’s a very good
chance Owen Nolan will be dealt.

While
no one is expecting Nolan to set the world on fire if traded, he could
certainly provide a Gary Roberts-with-Pittsburgh boost to a playoff
contending team. He still has skill, he can still score and he has that
third-line veteran presence that many teams are looking for.

As
for the 39 year old forward who could provide a scoring boost and
veteran presence for a contender?

Mike Modano has a no trade
clause.

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