Friday, September 5, 2008
The Wild looking hard at Drury?
The Wild are looking for an impact player in return for Gaborik, if they decide to move him sometime during the season, which is more and more likely.
Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that: "Gaborik remains non-committal over re-signing with the Wild, saying he wants to focus on hockey and let his agent handle contract negotiations with the club." The negociations between Gaborik and the Wild are complicated as the two sides can't reach an agreement on the terms of the deal. Gaborik even acknowledged the possibility that he could be traded if negotiations reach an impasse.
Therefore, according to a Rangers source, Wild GM Doug Risebrough has expressed his interest in forward Chris Drury should Gaborik be traded during the season. Drury is the perfect Lemaire-type of player and he would fit nicely in the Wild system.
The Rangers have made it perfectly clear to everyone that Gomez is not going anywhere (especially not to make room for Sundin!), but they would be willing to move Drury and his long-term contract in exchange for a star winger.
The Wild are not currently shopping Gaborik, but this could change quickly if both parties can't reach a long-term agreement.