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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants, Zidlicky is unhappy, something I learned this morning when the veteran defenseman came looking for me to offer his opinion on the fact that tonight against his former team, the Nashville Predators, he’ll be scratched for a third consecutive game.
Zidlicky was critical of coach Mike Yeo, the way he has been treated and the fact that he loves the game too much to sit idly by if the Wild keeps scratching him.
While Zidlicky didn’t say he has asked for a trade, he indicated he is willing to waive his no-trade clause if this continues.
“I can’t be quiet,” Zidlicky began during our sitdown, which you can read more details about in tomorrow’s Star Tribune. “I think three games healthy scratch, it’s more than just like a healthy scratch. [Yeo’s] put me in this position that I am in right now. It’s not easy for me….
Also from Russo, I’ve covered the NHL since 1995. Never before have I sat in a coach’s office 45 minutes before an important game
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