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Report: Wild to sign QMJHL d-man of the year Gelinas

Jun 17, 2014, 3:06 PM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild are reportedly taking a flier on Quebec league standout Guillaume Gelinas.

Gelinas, who won this year’s Emile Bouchard trophy as the QMJHL’s top defenseman, will ink a deal with the Wild this week, per TVA’s Mikael Lalancette. An undersized 21-year-old — 5-foot-10, 185 pounds — Gelinas was never drafted by an NHL club but shot to prominence this season by scoring a whopping 92 points in 67 games (and 34 points in 24 playoff games) for Val d’or, who lost to WHL Edmonton in the 2014 Memorial Cup semifinal.

(Gelinas had two points in three games for the Foreurs at the Memorial Cup.)

Though he was one of the league’s older players this year, Gelinas put himself in some elite company by winning the Bouchard award. Past winners include Pittsburgh d-men Simon Despres and Kris Letang, Phoenix’s Keith Yandle, Florida’s Dmitry Kulikov and Columbus’ David Savard.


  1. lightning79 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Good low risk signing.

  2. fightingwild - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Low risk hi reward, got to love it. I like the bold moves by Fletcher.

  3. clarke16 - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Now trade Koivu to the Preds for their #1 pick.

  4. hosewater2 - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Koivu is not remotely worth a first round pick.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      I am a huge Koivu hater in MN but this comment is a stretch.

      Koivu does a lot of great things, a “minnie” Kopitar but not that far removed. He is easily still worth a #1 at his age and to the preds, is almost exactly what they would be looking for in a center. Bigger and defensive.

      This deal is almost fantastic when you break it down

      • 950003cups - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        If that’s what the Preds would need, they can have Travis Zajac for their first pick. Travis isn’t as big on the score sheet, but not too far off. Plus he’s extremely good defensively.

      • 950003cups - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        But I highly doubt anyone would trade for either of them if they have a pick in the top 15 this year or the top 25 of next year.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        people are over rating a draft pick compared to a proven top 6 forward. If MN wanted to deal Koivu for a top 10 pick, they could move him now. no doubt about it.

        The issue is, if they move Koivu for a pick that may never see the ice, they leave a huge hole if one of Granlund, Haula … centers ever get injured. which they will

        Would have to move Koivu and then move that pick / or Wilds first #18 + others for Spezza or Big Joe

      • clarke16 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        Love to see them move Koivu and turn his cap hit into a 5 year deal with primetime 27 year old Stasny…

    • clarke16 - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      Incorrect, hoser… First round draft picks are generally FAR from a proven NHL commodity–especially in the first 2-3 years of being drafted. Koivu is a 30 year old recently former #1 Centerman and still a top 6 forward who plays a solid two-way game of hockey–not a reach in the least for Piole to pull the trigger on this move…

  5. strictlythedanks - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    The rich get richer

  6. rsmaggiemae - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Please rid the Wild of Brodziak, he had 17 one man rushes to the net this year did not score one goal…. not worth the 3 mil a year
    even though Yeo praises his defensive ability all the time just see wasting that kind of money on him

    I would trade Koivu as he has chocked in both playoffs and sometimes I dont know if he is even on the ice, I have to look for him, he seems to disappear at times I know he has a no trade clause but maybe he can play with his brother, who may be gone from the Ducks

    There were times in last years season and playoffs that I thought Yeo was too connected to some of his veteran players and they should have been benched and but yet Yeo let them play and would not let some of the younger players take thier places in the line/
    I thought there were at least 7-8 games last year that were sacrificed for a win, just to let the veterans play.. and that could mean the difference in home ice advantage

    • fightingwild - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Actually reg no one cares about your opinion, on here or the trib. My god you whine a lot. We got it, move on please, new subject. He horse is dead, the rabbit done died.

      • clarke16 - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        Really? I actually found his take to be generally quite valid–thus rendering your comment incorrect.

        No need to be such a slapdick, son…especially to a fellow Wild fan, eh?

      • fightingwild - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM

        Actually he & many others constantly complain on both forums about Koivu & Brodziak. It is old, the drum is worn out. Why complain further? Can we do anything? You think Fletcher reads this & goes “Oh! We should follow their suggestions!”? Not a chance. As for being a slap dick, that’s your thing not mine, if I am going to slap anything it will be a woman’s ass thank you very much.

    • clarke16 - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Tell me this, son… How is your whining about his complaining any different?

      Like I said–don’t be such a slapdick.

  7. mnwildfan15 - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Spurgeon 2.0

  8. vstar1us - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Wow this will be the Wild story of the summer!

  9. hardkor07mn - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    How can you possibly compare Kopitar and Koivu? Kopitar is good.

  10. rebekah319 - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Who ever compared Kopitar to Mikko needs to get their heads check! They are 2 different players and that is not even a discussion. 2nd “Wild Fans” and I am being nice when I say this do not appreciate Mikko because he is not racking up the points that you all so think he should be. I am going to make this crystal clear he is not that type of guy who is going to just cheat to put up more numbers to make people happy. He is not getting traded and I really wish Wild Fans would appreciate what good he does on the ice and not rag of what is not going to change so I would stop talking about it. Mikko Koivu is the leading scorer on this team which should tell you something.. He is not flashy and has never been that way at all! He prides himself on his defensive play more than he does his offensive numbers. Why does everyone have to beat a horse with the non flashy stuff and then bring up how he does nothing for you. Its so sad and cruel that fans do not appreciate his overall game and just wish to rag on the guy. Face it he is never going to live up to people’s expectations because he has his own :) Also he has been here for how many years and no one can just let it go which is sad.

    • clarke16 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      You’re living in the past, Rebekah… Koivu has been a good player for the Wild but the lines on the X and Y axis of the graph have intersected on him and the astute GM moves those assets while they still bring respectable value. He’s a declining asset at this point. You may not like it–but that has no bearing on the reality of what it is… Add in what he is costing the team in $$$ opportunity cost for what his cap hit could leverage in other players representing a better fit with the team’s needs at this point–and it’s a no-brainer. I expect Fletcher is looking into acceptable trade scenario’s right now and he will be gone this off-season.

      • fightingwild - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        Koivu will not be moved period, I have $100 bucks to bet on it to. He will finish this contract as a Wild player. Guaranteed!

    • guitarhunterdude - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:36 AM

      Nostalgia has no place in hockey, it’s a business. If you can get good value for an aging guy, you do it without a second thought. You can always root for him on whatever team he’s traded to.

      That said, unless we could get a comparable player for Koivu, we don’t want to trade him. We can’t (I’d guess he’s a bit undervalued around the league, though not as much as by some in this fanbase), so we shouldn’t, and I doubt we will.

      Most of us appreciate what Koivu does, I think. He’s gonna catch hell because he’s the top-line center and the captain, has some injury issues, isn’t a point-a-game player, and has never been much of a goalscorer. He’s not fast, and he’s not flashy, so that doesn’t exactly make him appealing either. But yes, he’s still the best center on this team, a possession machine and shutdown defender, and likely will be the #1 center here for at least one more year.

      • clarke16 - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        Yes, he may be around for another year–but as you point out, that will only mean that Fletch didn’t score the trade value he was looking for. The problem is–given Koivu’s contract, you wait too long to move him and nobody will give you anything for him. He then becomes a compliance buyout…

        This isn’t a situation where Fletcher should be looking for the moon in return for Koivu. With as regressive as his contract will likely prove to be very soon–he should get what he can for him now. The value will almost certainly just go down from here.

  11. guitarhunterdude - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    He should be a good AHLer, at least. He was fairly unimpressive as a teen and it’s easy to put up points as an overager. Players like this are what we need in Iowa alongside our prospects if we want them to develop at all; with the cupboard down there as empty as it is right now, this is a pretty good signing. I doubt he ever sees any NHL time, but he should be a solid player down there for years.

  12. purpleguy - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    I hope they don’t pair this signee with Spurgeon — they’d have to trade off using the booster seat on the Wild bench. By the way, sounds like Fletcher won’t entertain a trade of Koivu, and the advanced metric geeks still rate his overall play pretty dang high.

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