Minnesota Wild ceded Alexander Khuvanov Sunday morning, severing ties with Russia. On the one hand, it’s a pretty shocking development. They recruited the 22-year-old in 2018. Only a year ago, Mitch Brown EP Rinkside fourth place Between the deep organization and the wild.
It is not a big surprise if you follow the Khuvanov saga closely, Which 10K Arenas in depth. The winger did not make it to the US due to visa issues and missed the NHL and AHL training camp. Once he got there, he was out of shape, which Iowa Wilde coach Tim Armey called out at the end of the year.
We don’t know what prompted Minnesota to concede on Sunday. They may have received reports that he does not take his fitness seriously. He might have told the club he wouldn’t be returning to Iowa. Perhaps they simply decided that they were not given a second chance.
It’s definitely not the first time this has happened. Khofanov is the third mid-level prospect to break away from Minnesota in the past calendar year. Reports about wild dissatisfaction with Brennan Mennell The jump to the KHL during the pandemic came to fruition this past July 28. She replaced Wild with Minnell for the Toronto Maple Leafs for only her seventh draw.
Mennell was coming off a strong year in the KHL, and seemed ready to try a role on the Wild’s right-side depleted of their defense. Instead, they cut the bait on the 24-year-old and went with the veterans. John Merrill And the Jordi Ben.
Then I shipped Minnesota Jack McBain, another 2018 third player, joined the Arizona Coyotes on the trade deadline. In this case, McBain seemed to make the decision in favor of Minnesota Not wanting to sign with the club that drafted it. after trade, Bill Gerin Summarize the mindset that defines his moves in both the minor and major tournaments. “If someone doesn’t want to be here,” he said, “we have no problem moving forward.”
That’s simply it. Menil was not happy with his future predictions. Instead of giving him a chance, they cut off the bait. We don’t know what Minnesota did or didn’t say to sell McBain into the organization. Judging by the team’s approach with other possibilities, it’s hard to believe Guerin promised a certain role for the Boston College star. No problem if he doesn’t like it. Enjoy Arizona. Khofanov didn’t get on the show last year, and Wild Wilde had no problem missing it. There is no second chance.
Any of these moves can be justified in isolation. Was Miniel going to power in the past Jared SpurgeonAnd the Matt DombaAnd the Calin Addison on the depth chart? Mostly not. Was the second-round pick more valuable than McBain’s? Hunter High That will determine. With the odds that Vladislav Firstov, Sam Huntings, and perhaps Pavel Novak will rival Iowa for minutes, why would he give them a Khuvanov if he didn’t take his career seriously?
Add it, though, and Wild only has two reasonably great expectations. At the very least, Khuvanov’s leaving the system means they are less talented among the potential candidates than they were on Friday.
Fans love Guerin for his bold courage and energetic vocal dedication to changing Wild culture. for him There is a door The mentality is definitely part of that, and it plays well with fans. In fairness, the wild has never had a winning culture, so for all we really know, maybe this he is right track. And as long as Judd Brackett can inject elite talent into the organization, Minnesota may not miss out on the world’s personalities of Menels, McBean, and Khovanov.
But Guerin’s itchy finger above the drop button also has plenty of chances to burn it. Minnell is already a member of his third organization, so maybe not him. McBain showed up decently at 150 minutes, but it’s too early to call. However, they acquired good assets for a very low probability.
If he can figure it out, Khuvanov’s rise certainly gives the possibility for another team to benefit. It is not certain that Khufanov will mature, but if he can respond to his wake-up call, he will have elite puck skills and a powerful shot. If the team could stop him as a center attacker for free, it would be because Wild wasn’t able to get to him.
Again, this is probably the price you pay to build a winning culture. But how easily does Minnesota want to get people to plan out? Fans saw something similar playing with him Cam Talbot. Guerin tried to use his contract hammer, but it’s hard to do when anyone else not shipped with the software right away.
Contrast that with the way St. Louis Blues treats Vladimir Tarasenko, which has an open trading order for a year. His unhappiness did not stop him with 34 goals and 82 points in the season.
Back to expectations, though. Even if these moves to get rid of small bits of talent aren’t impressive in themselves, would they add up? Will the wilderness give up one or two unhappy prospects each year prematurely? If so, this will eventually burn Minnesota. That may be the price of Guerin’s culture, but that doesn’t make it a flawless exchange.