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Rearranging the deckchairs: Minnesota puts Staubitz on waivers

Feb 10, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

Brad Staubitz

The morning after Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo ripped his team for a lackluster effort against Vancouver, the Wild responded by putting Brad Staubitz on waivers.

Staubitz, 27, had been with the Wild since being traded from San Jose following the 2009-10 season. Mike Russo of the Star-Tribune classified him as a “middleweight who often seems reluctant to fight,” with “a propensity for bad penalties” — so, not the kind of guy able to stop Minnesota’s epic collapse. The Wild are 5-14-5 since Dec. 13 and now sit 10th in the West, two point out of a playoff spot.

It’s possible Staubitz was one of the players Yeo was referring to last night when, following a 5-2 home loss to the Canucks, he let his frustrations fly.

“We flat-out stink the last two months,” Yeo said. “We stink. I’m concerned about the fact that we come into games and we don’t have enough guys when we should have absolute desperation in our game.”

Staubitz played a team-low 6:39 against Vancouver, recording just one hit and nine shifts.

  1. dumptrucked - Feb 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    The Wild have been a train-wreck. We keep hearing about injuries but the players injured are not even stone cold, lead pipe top end players. The Wild will have one more year before their grade A prospects hit the NHL scene, and they can actually start to make a strong competitive push. I know Yeo’s public dismantling of the team may be getting old but it is important for he and GM Fletcher to make sure that everyone knows that even though talent is lacking, lack of heart is unacceptable.

  2. txhockeydad - Feb 11, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    My interest in the team does not hinge on wins and losses, but it is sad to go into each game now expecting a poor effort. Hopefully Latandress and PMB can contribute soon. Still love watching Spurgeon and what his story represents for young players who are told they are too small, too slow, etc.

  3. jrmehle - Feb 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    This team has been, as Mike Russo put it, “maddening” to watch. They’ve got about 4-5 games to turn it around or I think Chuck Fletcher makes it know he’s a seller. There’s too much pressure on him not to repeat mistakes of the past regime and let assets walk for nothing. They should be looking to ditch some salary so they can go after a big FA scorer like Parise or a defenseman like Suter. If enough moves are made, both wouldn’t be out of the question.

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