The Minnesota Wild made one move on trade deadline day: acquiring Chris Simon from the New York Islanders for a 6th round pick.
To begin with, they essentially got him for free.
But what did they get?
A guy who has put up a few decent seasons in the 30-point range? Or a guy who has embarassed the league with stupid and egregious plays?
What didn't they get?
A center. A shutdown defenseman. A grizzled veteran and playoff leader.
The question, then, is which hole was bigger and more prevalent?
1. The toughness-from-the-fourth line hole
2. The top line center/leader hole
Time will tell, but some Wild fans are a little tweaked about this.