Paul Fenton has been steadily chipping away at a roster overhaul for the Wild, and this summer may see the biggest changes yet.
Darren Dreger had a Tuesday afternoon radio hit on Vancouver’s TSN 1040, which was recorded sometime earlier in the day.
The Insider was asked a long, rambling question about Fenton, the gist of which basically revolved around the notion of Fenton showing himself to be a ‘courage of your convictions’ manager since taking over.
“Yeah, I understand it because it does happen, right,” explained Dreger. “Of course it does when you get a new general manager in and he wants to put his stamp on it. Paul had made some smaller deals upon taking the job as the general manager of the Minnesota Wild, but nothing overly-significant. I guess the Niederreiter trade was a bigger deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.
“But all of that being said, he clearly has a vision of what he wants this team to look like. He’d been in the chair long enough to get a real good read on what the strengths and the weaknesses of the club are, particularly in and around the room.
“I think that there’s a whole lot of work that needs to get done. I’m not there, so this is a bit of an unfair comment - I get a bad vibe around the Minnesota Wild, and I’m not entirely sure why. You wonder - and this is just wild speculation again - on the future of Bruce Boudreau, who I happen to think is an excellent coach. But he wasn’t a coach hired by Paul Fenton. Paul Fenton, he inherited Bruce Boudreau, and I think Bruce Boudreau has got one of those unique contracts where if he’s not coaching, he has the wherewithal to be an advisor, any of those things.
“So to me, from an Insider perspective, leading up to the trade deadline and what Fenton and the Minnesota Wild did yesterday - and what they didn’t do, or more importantly in Calgary with the Jason Zucker deal that didn’t happen - that tells me that Fenton is wanting to reshape the Minnesota Wild.
“So maybe there’s a lot more to come leading up to the draft and on the draft floor.”
The Wild’s deadline day deals involved acquiring Kevin Fiala for Mikael Granlund, as well as getting a draft pick for sending Matt Hendricks back to the Winnipeg Jets.
The prior week saw the Wild get Ryan Donato and a conditional pick from the Boston Bruins for Charlie Coyle.
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