It’s no secret, defenseman Marek Zidlicky wants out of Minnesota.
“I can’t be quiet,” Zidlicky told Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“I think three games healthy scratch, it’s more than just like a healthy scratch.
"[Yeo’s] put me in this position that I am in right now. It’s not easy for me.”
Safe to say, Wild head coach Mike Yeo was not pleased about the way that Zidlicky handled the situation.
“One thing for sure, we’re going to talk,” he told Russo.
“This is not the right way to handle it.”
Zidlicky, 35, said that Yeo is trying to change his game.
“It wasn’t me. It wasn’t my style,” said the veteran defenseman of his role.
“I tried to explain it to him a couple times, but he wants something different.”
Yeo insisted he’s not trying to change the way Zidlicky or any of his players play.
“I don’t want him to change,” said Yeo. “I don’t ask Cal Clutterbuck to change. I don’t ask Matt Cullen to change. I don’t ask Mikko Koivu, Dany Heatley, any of these guys.
“I don’t ask Marek Zidlicky to change either. I want them to be themselves, to play their game, but to do it within the team concept.”
Ostensibly, Zidlicky has one foot out the door in Minnesota.
The Wild’s defensive corps is coming together nicely. If they deal Zidlicky, they should be aiming for a forward that can provide solid offense and pitch in on the defensive end.
The following are five players purportedly on the trading block that would be a great fit in the Land of a Thousand Lakes.