If you got a private message from the GM of the Minnesota Wild, you are not alone. Close to a dozen were sent out in the past 48 hours with a subject matter in a wide range between inquiring on a team's direction, to giving lists for players, to blind offers. Will any of those messages lead to finalized deals? That's a good question but sometimes making a deal isn't the goal.
"I like trying to understand how GMs value players. It's pretty crazy how one GM can value a certain prospect so highly and another wouldn't even want that same player as a throw in. Some GMs like a player but feel they don't fit their team's identity. Other times a GM will like a player just because they're from a certain NHL team regardless of potential." - GM
While the GM would not name the prospect in question mentioned above, there has been chatter that Minnesota is willing to talk and listen on some previously untradeable youngsters if the player going to Minnesota brings immediate impact. According to one source close to the team, the Minnesota GM was approached by another GM who heard through the grapevine that a high profile prospect was available and wanted a chance at him.
With most people still wrapped up in the holidays, the best case scenario would be to surprise with a deal or two before teams get back into it in time for the trade deadline. There is no firm playoff seat in the west outside the top 3 teams, but making a move early can also backfire. Regardless, the Minnesota GM has a simple message for the rest of the league:
"I love talking trade. Good offers, bad offers, send me your ideas."