Originally written on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 10/22/14
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Marek Zidlicky is a world-class offensive defenseman. But his tenure with the Minnesota Wild went horribly wrong, as evidenced by the team’s gruesome 2-14-5 record in the last 21 games he has been in its lineup.The Wild posted a 13-4 record in the last 17 games he has missed with an injury or as a “healthy scratch.” For whatever reason, Zidlicky and Wild coach Mike Yeo did not make a love connection this season.Zidlicky has no goals, just 13 assists and a minus-7 rating in 39 games. He has looked like a shell of his former self.So it’s no surprise that Minnesota is working on a deal to send him to the New Jersey Devils. Agent Larry Kelly confirmed that to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.This trade would allow the Wild to offload Zidlicky’s $4 million salary for next season and perhaps achieve addition by subtraction. The Devils would gain a proven puck-rusher for its injury-depleted defense and potentially upgrade its power play. New Jersey looks capable of making a long playoff run th...
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