On day one of free agency, the Wild signed Andrew Brunette, late of the Avs. They also traded for Marek Zidlicky (Ryan Jones, 2nd round pick) who is a puck-moving defenseman and a countryman of much-maligned Martin Skoula.
Wild sign Craig Weller (mini-Fridge).
Wild sign Antti Miettinen.
Wild sign Owen Nolan.
They definitely lost Todd Fedoruk (PHO).
Aaron Voros also gone (NYR).
Rolston signs with the Devils.
Russo is covering this as well or better (read: timely) than anyone else I've seen on the web so far.
More as it develops.
*DAY ONE RECAP*
WRT asks: "Did they improve?"
That is THE question, eh?
They have not replaced Rolston yet.
Bruno for Demo is, at worst, a push.
Queen MAB and now Zidlicky for Carney and Hill is, at worst, a slight improvement (in offense if nothing else, and I trust our coaches to teach these guys defense).
Weller (one way deal) is, at worst, a push with Voros/Fridge - and hopefully a better fighter.
Not to be too Pollyanna about it, but I feel like DR did okay in each of the areas that he addressed yesterday. Is he done? He better not be.
But so far, so good.
*DAY TWO RECAP*
(and no, I won't be doing a recap of each and every day in free agency)
The Wild made pitches to several of the big name FAs, according to Russo, but were rebuffed by all.
As a side note, the tenor of Wild fans appears to have taken on a more onerous timbre as the team's most glaring holes (ie center, impact forward) continue to be left unfilled. I can't imagine it would play much with management, but there seems to be a growing sentiment of unrest among the natives.