Victor Rask got a hell of an opportunity last night against the Dallas Stars. With most of the roster already set, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau gave Rask one last chance to prove he could make the opening day roster by having him center Jason Zucker and Kevin Fiala.
It didn't go well...
After the game Michael Russo asked Bruce Boudreau about how Rask performed with a couple of top-6 forwards, and Big Boy Bruce didn't hold back:
I don't know about you, but I've always loved Boudreau, he never holds back and says it how it is.
Someone who holds no love in my heart however: Paul Fenton
Now I can complain about Fenton all day (and I have, check out this piece recapping the Fenton era: https://www.10000takesmn.com/post/mn-wild-talk-paul-fenton-sucks-and-craig-leipold-made-it-all-worse), but one of his worst moves as Minnesota's GM was Trading Nino Niederreiter for Victor Rask.
Based on all metrics this trade made no sense. We traded a top 6 forward for someone who has never cracked 50 points in a season, at our deepest forward position, who also has a ridiculous yearly cap hit. We are going to be paying Rask $4,000,000 a year for the next three years to be our #5 center. A 5th round pick would have been a better return than this contact. Seriously what was Fenton thinking??
I'm trying to get over the Fenton era, I really am, but seeing that Rask was our return for Nino, absolutely infuriates me. We should have gotten something better then a $4,000,000 healthy scratch. Time for a stress shower.