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NHL Trade Deadline Winners and Losers: Central Division

By Brian Kinkade
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Mar 3, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Matt Moulson (26) celebrates the goal by Buffalo Sabres left wing Tyler Ennis (not pictured) against the Dallas Stars during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild: Winners

Additions: Goaltender Ilya BryzgalovWinger Matt MoulsonCenter Cody McCormick

Subtractions: Center Torrey Mitchell2014 2nd round draft pick, 2014 4th round draft pick, 2016 2nd round draft pick

Nothing to not like, for the Wild.  With goaltending concerns, after Niklas Backstrom was shutdown, for the remainder of the season, and Josh Harding missing time, dealing with adjustments in treatments for multiple sclerosis, the Wild needed a goaltender, and while Bryzgalov is far from the caliber of Ryan Miller, it wasn’t that long ago that he was one of the best goaltenders, in the Western Conference, during his days with the Phoenix Coyotes.  He is a solid pick-up, and will split time, with rookie, Darcy Keumperwho has been great, this season.

Matt Moulson is a big addition, as he will give Minnesota a much needed offensive punch, for the playoff race and likely the playoffs, themselves.  Cody McCormick is a slight downgrade to Torrey Mitchell, but he is a suitable 4th-liner.

Big needs were addressed for a team that was already likely to make it, to the post-season, at little cost.  Like I said, nothing to not like, here, as the Wild might be a sleeper team.