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Wild GM Fletcher: I’m not trading Backstrom or Cullen

Mar 20, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Just in case you had any doubts, the Minnesota Wild won’t be trading Niklas Backstrom or Matt Cullen, even though the 35-year-old goalie and 36-year-old forward, respectively, are pending unrestricted free agents.

“Oh God, no,” general manager Chuck Fletcher said, per the Star Tribune. “Backy’s been outstanding. He’s our No. 1 goalie. Cullen’s been a big part of our team. That’s the type of guy every team in the league wants to add for a playoff run.”

It doesn’t sound like Fletcher is planning to be a major player leading up to the April 3 trade deadline.

The way the Wild are playing — 10 wins in their last 14 games, vaulting them into first place in the Northwest Division — he might not want to mess with success.

  1. ottermayhem123 - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    The Wild have won 3 straight and this is the only article PHT has regarding them, keep up the East coast bias here

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      *North East coast. ftfy. Nothing about the Jets being 1st place in the SE division, very little about the Wild. Almost feels like I’m on ESPN here.

    • doubles22 - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Not interested in letting things play out a bit eh, otter? I guess I’d rather sneak up on everybody by flying under the radar than to get a bunch of pub about leading the league early on only to miss the playoffs with a historic collapse the likes of which had never been seen before.

      Errrr, wait a sec. That was last year.

      As you were…

      • danglesnipecelly24 - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        doubles22 think you can write another paragraph long sentence without any punctuation for us? Idiot

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      4 of the last 6 articles are about Western Conference teams. It’s like it goes unnoticed. While I agree there is some bias on some sites, I think PHT does a fair job.

  2. ottermayhem123 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    fair point doubles22, but last years collapse was lack of NHL talent, injuries, young D and lack of scoring, pretty sure that problem was fixed, but 14 goals in 3 games is not worthy of any mention, feel free to wait for a collapse, it isn’t coming this year, not predicting a Cup but this team will be around for a while and contending.

    • slickvb82 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Boom! That’s whats up, doubles22…keep commenting about a team that you don’t have much knowledge on. I like this Otter guy!

      GO WILD!!!

    • elvispocomo - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      And this year it’s about them getting wins against the Northwest, which they haven’t been able to do in past years. 28 games played so far with 15 of those outside their division: 7-7-1 in those games. The remaining 13 games against NW division opponents: 9-3-1.

  3. purpleguy - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    It’s about time we beat the Wings at their place for a change.

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