May 14, 2016
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>buffbry</b></div><div>Best player whose a healthy scratch nonstop and doesn't play cause Minny hates him. Svech has more value than him. Wild want to dump all 3 fyi, this trade isn't that far off, it can be tweaked but to make it like it's our of control is wrong</div></div>
Donato has been a healthy scratch once. MN is stacked with LWs: Parise, Zucker, Foligno (excellent 4th liner), Greenway, Fiala, and Donato. Zuccarello is also a LHS FWD but plays offhanded. It's becoming a numbers game as much as anything for the Wild.
JEE is the only one of the three that has much worth to MN; he plays center (team need), good in the d-zone/PK, but lacks o-zone awareness. Donato has so many flaws in his 200' game, but can get white hot in the o-zone. Fiala has all the tools but no toolbox.
The choice for MN on who to expose was between Brodin and Dumba. Going 4-4 and letting Vegas have the choice of Coyle, Granny, Nino, or Zucker was more likely than Spurgeon being exposed.
MN had LD depth with Suter, Brodin, Scandella, Olofsson, and Reilly. Dumba was still lost in the d-zone most of the time, but the only RD depth was Spurgeon, Dumba, Brodin (offhand), and Prosser. Scandella/Dumba was an awful pairing that season too.
Why is Theodore in this trade? Haula was the other player that went to Vegas.
Haula played himself out of the lineup after the Hanzal trade, to the extent the Wild brought JEE over from the SHL and burned a slide year of his ELC. Haula's days in MN were done after that.
Tuch had a meh year in the AHL and looked like a lost puppy in the cup of coffee he did get in the NHL that season.