The Minnesota Wild has not made up its mind yet. To sell or not to sell - that is the question! And yet, the trade deadline is fast approaching, and the Wild is still fighting for a playoff spot, currently sitting just out of the last Wild Card spot in the West, with 57 points.
So while they might still be able to clinch a playoff berth in time this spring, general manager Chuck Fletcher needs to figure if he will sell out some assets to rival clubs. Chris Stewart, Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno have said to be on the market, but now a fresh trade bait might get teams calling and Fletcher to rethink his trade plans.
According to NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, who reported the news in his latest 31 Thoughts on Sportsnet, Charlie Coyle would be quite interesting to several teams. However, the price to pay might be steep, but Fletcher could take advantage of it. Friedman writes:
"One under-the-radar player who gets asked about quite a bit: Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle. I’m told that’s not a new occurrence, and GM Chuck Fletcher gets these calls every year. So, my sense is it’s happening (again) recently. Fletcher wouldn’t comment, but I’m under the impression it would take a heck of an offer to make him even think about it. Coyle hasn’t scored as much as people thought, but he’s a physical presence who can play multiple positions, protect the puck and make you work for every inch."
In 32 games with Minnesota this season, the former first round pick has collected four goals and 19 points. A change of scenery could do him some good and Fletcher could use his physicality has a major selling point on the market.
Would you like your favorite team to jump on this opportunity?