In 2005, the Minnesota Wild selected with the 4th overall pick Benoit Pouliot from the Sudbury Wolves.
Things did not work out.
In 2009, Chuck Fletcher traded the underachieving Pouliot away for Guillaume Latendresse, who electrified Wild fans by scoring a goal about every other game. It was dubbed by Wild fans to be the Best Trade Ever.
Two years later, we’re waving goodbye, and it didn’t appear to be the Best Trade Ever after all.
I promised an Optional Skate today, and that might come later. Maybe even be pushed to Saturday.
But there are a few more pressing concerns with the team right now. Stupid finals are making me behind in the news.
First of all, my take on the one points out of four on Tuesday and Wednesday: It doesn’t concern me too much. The Wild outshot Winnipeg, and were one off Chicago’s shot total on Wednesday. The winning streak was going to end, and to get seven wins in between losses is something any hockey team will take. The loss at Chicago hurts a bit, but the Wild at least took a point. Sometimes Pat Kane beats your goalie in the shootout like he’s a cab driver. It happens.