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 to trade Zid at this point. I have not formally asked him to do any...