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Trade: Jets acquire Setoguchi from Minnesota

Jul 5, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

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After two seasons in Minnesota, Devin Setoguchi is on his way north.

The former eighth overall pick at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft has been traded to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 2014 second-round pick, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Setoguchi, 26, was acquired (along with Charlie Coyle) from San Jose in the Brent Burns trade of 2011 and proceeded to score 32 goals in 117 games with the Wild.

A three-time 20-goal scorer that posted a career-high 31 in 2008-09, Setoguchi often fell out of head coach Mike Yeo’s favor while in Minnesota — he was dropped to the fourth line earlier this season — but remained a pretty consistent goalscorer.

That should help the Jets, a team that can struggle offensively. They finished 16th in the NHL in goals per game last year (2.62) and only had three players register double digits in goals — Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler and Evander Kane.

Setoguchi has one year remaining on the three-year, $9 million deal signed in 2011.

He carries an average annual cap hit of $3 million, probably part of the reason why the Wild were willing to part ways with him — prior to the deal, Minnesota was just $2.2 million under the cap ceiling.

  1. billymccloskey - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Maybe they can use this and trade for Vanek!

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      Second round pick? That’s a steal, although his career has gone down since SJ

  2. dtrb10 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    THey better trade for Vanek because they have lost a bunch of talent this year. Setto, Cullen, Clutter, Bouchard those guys need to be replaced. The only thing they did was sign Ballard and that is just to replace either Falk or Gilbert traded Clutter for an unproven high draft pick. I’m starting not to like Chuck Fletcher. I gave him a chance after he totally screwed up and let Nick Leddy go but he is showing how much of an idiot he is. Wild are gonna suck again next year. Yeo sucks! Should have never got rid of Richards. The Bluejackets will be a top seed in the west next year and we if we even do will squeak in like we did this year. Not a fan of the move!

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      They better get rid of more dead weight on the WILD
      Bouchard was never the same after the concussion, kept waiting for the next big hit
      Clutter could only hit guys not score many goals, when he hit another player how many times did he take control of the puck after the hit, very rarely … the other team just scouped up the puck
      Cullen, well if he liked playing at home so much why didnt he take a pay cut for just one year until the wild had 25 mil to play with next year and resign him at a higher salary but no had to get 3 mil a year. Remember Parise and Suter came here for less money just to come home but Cullen could not take less to stay home.. just greed, in his long career cant believe he does not have a huge nest egg so what would one year lower pay to him be probably nothing….
      The wild have enough young talent that has to get experience so let them play
      It will take 2-3 years to get them to play together and I dont mind the wait, and by the way I have season tickets to the Wild pay over 5 grand per seat, so I know what I see on the ice instead of arm chair hockey critics who dont go to a game or 2-3 a year I also travel to watch the wild over the us and canada and go to all the gopher mens games and some womens and the high school. have been watching hockey for over 40 years so i do know what I am talking about
      I like Cooke and hope he does well here… we need him badly
      The Wild are probably planning for Vanek next year better do so as he lives here in the off season, and is now playing in the Swiss league…. i have seen him a couple of times in the off season ….
      just my opinion keep getting rid of the lazy players who think they have it made here just becuz its the state of hockey but then I want a new coach also…

      • ray2013 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:53 PM

        Parise and Suter came here $98 million dollar contracts, and you’re using them as an example for Cullen to take less? Really?

      • ray2013 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        lol @ here. I’m not from Minnesota. They signed with Minnesota on $98 million dollar contracts and you’re using them as an example for players to take less money.

    • cmmorgan32 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      Hate to break it to you, but the Blue Jackets are in the east now.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      Everything you said couldn’t be more wrong.

      Bouchard isn’t close to what he used to be. His contract today shows that. One year 2 million is the best he could get from the Islanders. A team that doesn’t like to spend.

      The Wild were lucky to get a 2nd round pick for Seto. He never lived up to his potential.

      It wasn’t Fletcher who traded Leddy, it’s been reported that Leipold made the trade, not Fletcher.

      Clutterbuck has always been overrated. He’d rather go for a hit 50 feet away when the puck was 5 feet away. When he did shoot. 4 of 5 shots hit the glass.

      Gilbert was an over paid player who hurt the Wild more than hurt them.

    • trezz8 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      I agree they should never have let Richards go, and the trades since have been terrible.

  3. getadealdonealready - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    I’m hoping there is more coming, because this and the Cooke signing are a bit of head scratchers to me. I liked that Seto seemed to supply the physical game this year, that Clutterbuck seemed to lose. Seems like they are not getting much in return except some cap relief?

    I’ve been a fletcher supporter all along, but IMO the pominville trade didn’t seem to make sense, and now really trying to figure out what the off-season plan is, sometimes you have to give a lineup time to gel, not just turn it completely over each year with re-treads like Ballard (sorry I know he is a MN kid, but he has struggled lately), and Cooke (I’ve been able to cheer for MN sport villain’s over the years from McMahon to Favre, but not sure I can cheer for this guy).

    • lordfletcher - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:26 AM

      the pominville trade was due to Leipold wanting to make the playoffs (rumored, Craig made that deal)… crazy to think that, that actually was the difference in the Wild making the playoffs. Without Pominville and his great play, along with Clutters goal against the Kinds, Wild would have let Columbus take the #8

  4. jpgilde - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    the guch for a second rounder? crap, the sharks have those for days. We could have got our beloved setoguchi back.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      Agreed

    • lordfletcher - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:28 AM

      the price for Seto was a 2nd rounder during the draft and there were no takers, 2nd now makes equal sense I guess.

      Who wants a guy that cannot perform on his own and has now decided to become a solid 3rd line grinder with a shoot first mentality… 2nd round pick makes sense, I just wish it was during the draft

  5. homegrowntalentmn - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Just a 2nd. I know we weren’t gonna get a 1st. But atleast get a 2nd an 4th.. fletcher knows how to sign players andd draft players. But trading…. not so much. Soo many bad trades fletcher has made. F##k

  6. northstarnic - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Fletcher and the Wild suck. Cullen and Seto were our best offensive pairing on many nights. Cooke is one of the most despicable characters in the NHL. It’s a sad day in Minnesota.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      Seto was one of our best offensive players this year?? You must have watched his 3 games that he was only productive in

  7. bardown66 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Setoguchi isnt anything special, dont the wild have a wealth of young players? get rid of a soft player who has peaked and allow someone to prove themselves. Only way to progress.

  8. rebekah319 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Seto was trade bait for a long time here. He was too streaky and only showed up when he was playing with Cullen on that second line. What would have happened if he stayed here? No one will know and he still would have been trade bait. So either way Seto was always leaving it was just a matter of what you could get for him. Seto still needs to learn to be a good player on a every night basis and score more. Anyway this Cooke signing I freak out for a long time tonight but after thinking like a logical Wild fan I will give him a chance before he does something dumb here. My opinion of him can only change if he makes it change- so time will tell but right now not too thrilled!

  9. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Love this trade for the Jets. A 2nd round pick is nothing for a guy who can score. Is he as good as he was? Maybe not, but Gooch still put up 27 points in 48 games playing on the 3rd-4th line averaging less then 15 minutes a game.

    Kane/Schieffle/Setoguchi on the 2nd line?
    I’ll take that

  10. tomcreanshair - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Wait-so Pominville is worth a 1st, 2nd, and two of your top prospects, but Seto is only worth a 2nd? And…..you’ll pay Cooke 2.5 mil a year, but Cullen’s not worth 3.5? Either there’s a plan and a payoff down the road, or there’s going to be a job opening for-dare I say-KAHHHNNN…..

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