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Trade Deadline Blog

by Ryan Stanzel / Minnesota Wild

Wild GameDay Feature: Trade Tracker News:
Wild acquires 2nd rounder for Belanger

Wild TV: Chuck Fletcher
Chuck talks about his approach entering his first trade deadline as a GM

PONDcast: D Marek Zidlicky

PONDcast: D Clayton Stoner Wild recalls LW Earl Wild signs Zidlicky
The Wild signed Zidlicky to a three year contract extension through 2012-2013 Wild signs Stoner
The Wild signed Stoner to a two year contract extension through 2011-2012
3:30 p.m.
The Wild is officially done for the day. Many trades as you have seen have come in after the 2:00 p.m. CT deadline. But nothing more for the Wild.

Glen Andresen was in the war room the entire day and will have a fun feature story for you in the near future, in between diapers and formula.

Meanwhile I’ll be back for tonight’s Wild/Flames tilt with an RSS Feed. It looks like James Sheppard is back to playing center for the evening. John Scott and Robbie Earl are out of the lineup. I’ll be warming up for that tilt with some girls high school basketball sectional action in the south Metro.

1:30 p.m.
Live from the war room, where I'm forbidden from writing about specifics!

Wild gets 2nd round pick for Eric Belanger from Washington. The Wild would've been without a 2nd round pick - dealt to Boston in the Kobasew trade.

Belanger took the ice for a few minutes in the morning skate, before Todd Richards got a call from Chuck Fletcher telling him to take Belanger off the ice and call him. Teams cannot talk to their traded players until the NHL trade call happens. Trade calls, by the way, can happen after 2 pm. So long as the deal is faxed to NHL with signatures from both teams, prior to 2 pm central.

This just in from media relations guru Aaron Sickman. Every Wild player on the trip is on the ice. Todd Richards gave his cell phone to trainer John Worley in case Chuck Fletcher calls him while the team is on the ice this morning.

12:15 p.m.
Just back from spending some time in the Wild’s “War Room.” GM Chuck Fletcher, assistant GM’s, hockey ops staff as well as some scouts are all in attendance in Fletcher’s office. The conference room next door is full of paper – stats, clips. This is also where each teams’ depth chart is posted on the wall.

Wild should be hitting the ice any minute in Calgary. We’ll see if everyone is on the ice or not.

9:10 a.m.

It's like Christmas morning, isn't it? Peppered around our offices at 317 Washington St. I can hear the TSN Tradecentre show, which you can watch via

Got word late last night that the Wild would recall Robbie Earl from the Houston Aeros this morning. Earl is flying to Calgary this morning to join the Wild and would be available for the Wild's game against the Flames tonight.

The trade deadline really is an interesting beast. And as always, since it happens in early March, the Wild is on the road, with five tournaments (high school hockey, college hockey, high school wrestling) at Xcel Energy Center. The NHL typically tries to not schedule many games on trade deadline day - there are six tonight. Reason being, with players being moved, it can be hard not only to put a full team on the ice that night, but also you want to give the players a day to emotionally react to the day's happenings. Remember, these are players with families, many of whom are in school, and whose wives have made friendships as well.

Especially interesting was last year - when the Wild didn't make a deal - but we were actually flying from Vancouver to San Jose as the deadline passed. Management was back in St. Paul, meaning it was just coaches, broadcasters and players on the plane. We had it worked out where management would call the "FBO" - basically the special charter terminal we fly into - and they could radio the pilots when we got 20 minutes out, who could in turn tell the coaches, who could then tell the player they were traded. Last thing anyone wants is a player hearing on the internet that they've been traded, before hearing it from someone on staff.

Glen Andresen is hard at work for in the Wild War Room. I am headed down there shortly. Don't expect any secrets! I’ll be back in a bit.
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