We will have more information on this as it becomes available on Wild.com, but the Wild has just made a trade for San Jose tough guy, Brad Staubitz. The Wild gives up its fifth round pick (129th overall) for Staubitz, who played 47 games with the Sharks last year and picked up three goals and three assists. Most notably, he piled up 110 penalty minutes last year, and quite a few (20) fighting majors.
Surely, this will start some speculation that one enforcer’s days in Minnesota may be numbered, but we don’t know that for sure. It also shows that General Manager Chuck Fletcher does value that toughness element, but maybe not at a super steep price.
I just spoke with Staubitz, and his quotes can be found on the updated Wild.com story. He sounded very excited about coming to a new team, and another hockey-crazed market. He said he doesn’t know a lot of Wild players aside from competing against some of them, but he’s always excited about meeting new teammates.