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Dan Wallace
Joined: 09.15.2005

Jan 14 @ 12:34 PM ET
Dan Wallace: Wild Back In Action Still Minus Some Key Players
Gusrichards
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Minnesota Wild
Location: Duluth, MN
Joined: 02.22.2012

Jan 14 @ 3:11 PM ET
Ok, maybe it's time to start to beg.

PLEASE get this team some centers. Seeing that list of Hartman, Gaudreau, Rask and the Sturm does not say "playoffs" at all. Thank goodness that Hartman is having the type of season that he is, as he really is not a natural center. Gaudreau is, at best, a 3C, along with Sturm. And Rask...well, mom always said if you don't have anything nice to say, maybe don't say anything at all.

And it's not just 1 center they need, but 2. If you trade Fiala for a #1 C, then you could effectively move Hartman to RW on the 2nd line. But then who centers that line? The basically have to keep EK and Foligno on that 3rd line. And if Greenway is traded, Boldy or even Duhaime should slot right in there. The more I think on this, I think this is the way it would sit on a Fiala trade that bring in a #1 C.

Zuccarello/True #1 C/Kaprizov
Boldy/Eriksson-Ek/Foligno
Duhaime/Gaudreau/Hartman
Rask/Sturm/Dewar (until Bjugstad gets back)

That doesn't strike much fear in me now that I look at it...

Btw, Gump has to be EXTREMELY happy to see this...there has been a Stalock sighting! Oilers are waiving him so he can try to start making a comeback here in the States.
Gusrichards
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Minnesota Wild
Location: Duluth, MN
Joined: 02.22.2012

Jan 14 @ 3:14 PM ET
And just saw this...The Wild have 34 defensemen on the roster right now. Yes, that is sarcasm. But if you look at the Wild website and check out the roster right now, there are A LOT of defensemen on the roster at the moment.
MNHawksfan
Joined: 05.17.2015

Jan 14 @ 8:19 PM ET
And just saw this...The Wild have 34 defensemen on the roster right now. Yes, that is sarcasm. But if you look at the Wild website and check out the roster right now, there are A LOT of defensemen on the roster at the moment.
- Gusrichards[/quote

I think defenseman in hockey are like running backs in the NFL. You can never have too many of them.
joegreif17
Location: Hockeyville, BC
Joined: 05.10.2009

Saturday @ 12:20 PM ET
The thing about Hartman is maybe he should be playing center? He seems to win a lot of faceoffs and his chemistry with Kaprizov and Zuccarello is mighty fine. Eriksson-Ek can handle center #2. Trading Fiala for a center could change this picture for sure but I am thrilled to see Hartman taking such giant steps in his career, the penalties are down and I like him lots, gritty and a
winner.
MNHawksfan
Joined: 05.17.2015

Sunday @ 9:03 PM ET
The thing about Hartman is maybe he should be playing center? He seems to win a lot of faceoffs and his chemistry with Kaprizov and Zuccarello is mighty fine. Eriksson-Ek can handle center #2. Trading Fiala for a center could change this picture for sure but I am thrilled to see Hartman taking such giant steps in his career, the penalties are down and I like him lots, gritty and a
winner.

- joegreif17




Totally agree! Whether this is a career year or not, Hartman is playing a more disciplined game and is scoring at a rate similar to the top scorers in the NHL.