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Wild’s Zidlicky waives no-trade clause for New Jersey, no deal yet (Updated)

Feb 15, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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Marek Zidlicky‘s sulking days in Minnesota may soon be at an end.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reported this morning that Zidlicky has waived his no-trade clause to go to New Jersey. Michael Russo of the Star Tribune confirms Dreger’s report with Zidlicky’s agent but says that there is no deal done as of yet between the two teams.

Zidlicky’s time in Minnesota of late has been strained. Zidlicky has been a healthy scratch often of late by coach Mike Yeo, something that didn’t sit well with the defenseman. Zidlicky ripped Yeo saying that he just wanted to play easy hockey. Yeo took the high road in saying that Zidlicky didn’t handle things the right way.

One note Russo made with how things have been with Zidlicky is how the Wild play when he’s in and out of the lineup. Over the last 21 games Zidlicky has played, the Wild have gone 2-14-5 and they’re 13-4-0 in the last 17 without him. Whether that’s a coincidence or Zidlicky is a jinx is up to you to decide, but those numbers are silly.

New Jersey’s interest is curious here as Zidlicky has one more year left on his deal that comes with a $4 million cap hit. Zidlicky isn’t too impressive defensively but bringing him in as a puck mover might help with Henrik Tallinder and Adam Larsson being banged up.

If you’re curious if his contract might be a stress in getting Zach Parise signed, GM Lou Lamoriello has already said that the Devils’ financial situation won’t affect negotiations there.

Update (10:58 a.m.): Michael Russo spoke with Wild GM Chuck Fletcher who says that he hasn’t asked Zidlicky to waive his NTC for any specific deal.

“I can tell you for sure I’m planning on talking to other teams. We haven’t traded Zid, we haven’t made the decision to trade Zid at this point. I have not formally asked him to do anything because at this point I honestly don’t have anything to take to him, I don’t have anything for him to say yes or no too.”

Fletcher clearly doesn’t want to be held to dealing with just one team here which is just helping make this whole situation that much stranger.

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Feb 15, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Take him, please!! Just send us bag of nicked up pucks

    • libuchamach - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      We’ll package some of Newark’s finest fried chicken

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Feb 15, 2012 at 12:27 PM

        Great ship it on over to St. Paul

  2. creasemasta41 - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    When i saw that zidlicky is waiving his ntc for the devils, a parise deal immediately came to mind. Maybe Hacket or harding, Zidlicky, a prospect (possibly zucker) and a pick (probably first round) for parise and one small asset such as a 3rd-4th liner, middle of the road prospect, or a late round pick

    • elvispocomo - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      That could make sense, although NJs protestations that they want to keep Parise suggest otherwise. Hard to say and it’ll be interesting to see if something does happen along those lines.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:18 PM

        Nothing involving Parise and the Wild won’t happen until after the season. Why would they trade all those assets to be eliminated (if they are lucky enough to make the playoffs) in the first round? Then should have an idea if they will sign Parise or not during free agency. If your naive enough to believe tampering doesn’t exist, your nuts.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:22 PM

        Well, I don’t know if it’d go so far as tampering. Certainly if a deal is close they could get a feel for what Parise had been asking from NJ or even speak to him directly if all that’s left is the signatures. They would certainly want some assurances Parise would stay past this year.

        Considering how the Wild have been doing, if a deal for Parise gets them into the first round (rather than on the downhill slide they’re currently enjoying) the guaranteed revenue for those 2 home games wouldn’t be easily overlooked. There’s no guarantee they’ll get any farther with what they have now, especially since they don’t give up anything they’re using right now anyways (unless you count as fill ins for injured players, they’ve done that a lot).

  3. quizguy66 - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Wonder a little bit if Zidlicky’s agent is trying to make a market for his guy. Trade details involving the Devils almost never leak out ahead of time.

    Based on the track record I see, as a Devils fan I hope the rumor is false. If the Devils do pull the trigger it may indicate more about Tallinder’s injury status than anything else.

    -QG

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