Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 2/15/12
ST. PAUL, Minn. Another disappointing loss Tuesday night led to a lot of speculation on Wednesday about disgruntled Minnesota Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky. Early Wednesday, reports surfaced that Zidlicky had agreed to waive his no-trade clause with a deal appearing to be close to completion with the New Jersey Devils. Apparently those reports were a bit premature. According to Mike Russo of the Star Tribune, Zidlicky and Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher both deny that the defenseman has been asked to waive his no-trade clause, and Fletcher said he is still pursuing all options on a possible trade. "I haven't asked Zid to waive his no-trade for any specific trade," Fletcher told Russo. "I haven't called him and said anything's close. "I can tell you for sure I'm planning on talking to other teams. We haven't traded Zid, we haven't made the decision to trade Zid at this point. I have not formally asked him to do anything because at this point I honestly don't have anything to take to him, I don't have anything for him to say yes or no to." Zidlicky, who has one year remaining on his contract at 4 million, seems to be preparing for a possible move, however. "We'll see next couple hours" Zidlicky told Russo early Wednesday. "I'm here right now." Zidlicky, 35, has struggled this season under first-year coach Mike Yeo. A three-time double-digit goal scorer, he has been held without a goal this season and has 13 assists. He is a minus-7 in 39 games. He complained to the Star Tribune in January after he was a healthy scratch for the third time in what ended up being four straight games out of the lineup. With defenseman Clayton Stoner going on injured reserve, Zidlicky has played in five straight games and has points in consecutive games. "Three games in a row that I'm really happy with," Yeo said after practice Wednesday. "Whether it's confidence or what it is, he seems very assertive, like he's trying to make plays. He's been shooting the puck a lot more. So, he's definitely been playing very well." As the Wild prepare for Thursday's home game against the Winnipeg Jets, Yeo said he is going to have a "face-to-face chat" with Zidlicky and stressed the importance of having the entire team working together and being able to trust one another. "We want people that want to go to war with each other, that's for sure," Yeo said. "Reality is that it's us against them. And by them I mean everybody. It's our group. We have to believe in ourselves and play for each other. We have to stick together and we have to want to fight through this together. So we need everybody all in for that." And for whatever reason, Minnesota can't seem to win with Zidlicky on the ice. It can't be all traced to one defenseman, but the Wild are 12-27 when Zidlicky plays and 13-4 without him in the lineup. The numbers are even more staggering recently. In his past 21 games played, Minnesota is 2-14-5. Clutterbuck still out, Taffe and Almond recalled: The Wild continued reshuffling their roster on Wednesday, though they hope to get another player back in time for Thursday. Forward Cal Clutterbuck missed practice again Wednesday with a charley horse, but Yeo said he hasn't been ruled out for Thursday's game. "He's feeling a little bit better today, so we'll see how he's doing tomorrow," Yeo said. Forwards Cody Almond and Jeff Taffe were recalled from the Houston Aeros. Kris Foucault, who made his NHL debut Tuesday night, was reassigned to Houston. Forward Carson McMillan was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. Yeo is looking for immediate production from Almond and Taffe. "Cody is a big body, and he's a guy that I'm expecting him to make a difference, not to just come in and just fill in," Yeo said. "Because he has that ability, he has the ability to come in, to be physical, to have a real impact in a game. He's got some skill and should be a real tough guy to play against, so I'd like to see that from him. And the other thing is Jeff, when he was up with us earlier, especially when things were going well on that West Coast trip, he contributed offensively for us and he has that ability. But with that, both of these guys have experience and I think that's an important thing for our group right now." Sarah Servetnick contributed to this report. Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Coach K gets buzzer-beater win over Virginia for his birthday

Baylor approves new measures to deal with sexual assault

Joe Mauer: Concussions blurred vision, affected hitting

LeBron James says Kevin Love-Celtics trade rumor is false

Michael Jordan gifts Kobe Bryant full set of Air Jordans

Bethune-Cookman football player killed at party

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Former UFC heavyweight Kevin Randleman dead at 44

WATCH: Chelsea scores three goals in less than 20 minutes

Broncos safety Shiloh Keo arrested for DUI

Mountain West admits error, says Boise St. shot was good

WATCH: John Calipari loses his mind, gets ejected

Former Clemson star Tajh Boyd to speak at John Kasich rally

Bruins forward is goal scoring machine after suspension

Michael Jordan gives Kobe Bryant complete set of Air Jordans

Drake has Kentucky edition of custom ‘OVO’ Air Jordan 8s

QUIZ: Name every NBA All-Star Game MVP

Watch rare footage of Stephen Curry from 2001-02 emerges

Check out this custom camouflage Oregon helmet

Ejected John Calipari tweets “they don’t need me and I love it”

Popovich would 'buy ticket' to watch Warriors play

Jamal Murray destroyed South Carolina defender with dunk

WATCH: Lon Kruger gets Oklahoma hoops squad hype for Kansas test

Texas signee glad he didn’t pick Texas A&M after alleged racism

Dallas Stars have passed the early tests in February

Could Matt Forte become the revival for Patriots run game?

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!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker