Found February 22, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Gettyimageproxy.ashx_requesturl_http_3a_2f_2fcache.gettyimages.com_2fxc_2f83684428.jpg_3fv_3d1_26c_3dewsasset_26k_3d2_26d_3d17a4ad9fdb9cf19315dd66dbf896c6f37d5aea4a5e6e83b3
There is an elephant in the Minnesota Wild's locker room. It wears No. 3. On Jan. 31, defenseman Marek Zidlicky complained of poor treatment from the coaching staff after being scratched for the third straight game, even seeking out Mike Russo, the Wild's beat writer for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, to air his complaints. "I can't be quiet," Zidlicky told Russo. "If I would be a healthy scratch, if it helped the team, that's good. I will not cry. I will not tell [Wild coach Mike Yeo] he's wrong. But if he doesn't want to play me again, again, I have to do something." That something turned out to be publicly waiving his no-trade clause to go to the New Jersey Devils -- something that turned out to be an unsolicited action on the part of Zidlicky and his camp, which was confirmed by Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher shortly thereafter. "We haven't traded Zid," Fletcher told Russo. "We haven't made the decision ...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Wild hope to carry momentum after big win

THURSDAY'S STORY LINES: After an impressive 2-0 win Sunday over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, the Wild look to continue heading in the right direction tonight in Florida. After the victory, Minnesota had three days off and two practices. Head coach Mike Yeo doesn't think his team will be stale tonight after the layover. "We had two great practices...

Cullen, Christensen lift Wild over Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Cullen and Erik Christensen scored in the shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Cullen and Kyle Brodziak scored in regulation, Dany Heatley had two assists, and Niklas Backstrom stopped 41 shots for the Wild. Christensen scored the first goal in the shootout, followed by Cullen. Backstrom stopped...

Wild 3, Panthers 2, SO

Matt Cullen and Erik Christensen scored in the shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Cullen and Kyle Brodziak scored in regulation, Dany Heatley had two assists, and Niklas Backstrom stopped 41 shots for the Wild. Christensen scored the first goal in the shootout, followed by Cullen. Backstrom stopped Kris Versteeg and Sean...

Panthers go goal-for-goal with Wild, lose SO

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Cullen and Erik Christensen scored in the shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Cullen and Kyle Brodziak scored in regulation, Dany Heatley had two assists, and Niklas Backstrom stopped 41 shots for the Wild. Christensen scored the first goal in the shootout, followed by Cullen. Backstrom stopped...

Wild recall goaltender Matt Hackett from Aeros

SAINT PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild recalled goaltender Matt Hackett from the Houston Aeros. Hackett is 2-0-0 with a 0.85 goals-against average and a .977 save percentage in three games with Minnesota this season, having stopped 84 of 86 shots. He is 16-13-4 with a 2.42 GAA, a .917 save percentage and one shutout in 34 games with the Aeros. The 6-foot-2, 179-pound native of London...

Backstrom again brilliant in 3-2 shootout road win over Florida

Maybe its the Social Studies teacher in me, but I've always been fascinated by Prohibition.  I am certainly not person adverse to alcohol, in moderation of course.  Yet I would say I don't mind tipping back a Labatt Blue, or a Sam Adams or even a New Glarus brew while watching some hockey on TV.  However do I need a beer to enjoy the game?  Not at all.  Going back to...

Wild win in SO, hand Panthers 4th straight loss

Matt Cullen and Erik Christensen scored in the shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Cullen, Christensen lift Wild to win over Panthers

Matt Cullen and Erik Christensen scored in the shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Matt Hackett recalled by Wild

The Wild has called up its third goalie with Josh Harding laboring

GameDay: Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars

Wild at Stars

Wild looks to pick up where it left off in sunny So. Florida

The Wild, four days after beating Boston, finally plays again. Niklas Backstrom, coming off a 48-save shutout, will start in goal. He will face Jose Theodore, who played for the Wild last year.

Backstrom stops 41 shots, Wild topple Panthers

Matt Cullen and Erik Christensen scored in the shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Minnesota Wild (26-24-9) at Florida Panthers (27-20-11), 7:30 p.m. (ET)

The well-rested Florida Panthers will try to avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season when they welcome the Minnesota Wild for tonight's encounter at BankAtlantic Center.
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.