The Minnesota Wild are currently holding on to the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
It's plausible the Wild make the playoffs, however an early exit is likely for the team that is just 4-4-2 in their last 10 games.
With Mikko Koivu out for the season and Matt Dumba currently on IR, the team would need to make huge blockbuster moves at the deadline to become a contender.
According to Michael Russo of The Athletic, Wild GM Craig Leipold has given general manager Paul Fenton the "green light to make trades even if it costs the Wild a playoff spot."
A source from the team even relayed to Russo “We’re not in this to set the record for making the playoffs 20 years in a row. We’re in it to win the Stanley Cup.”.
Russo adds that Leipold's green light includes moving core players, specifically Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund, Jason Zucker and Jonas Brodin.
Sounds like things are about to get very spicy in Minnesota!
Despite Bruce Boudreau's guarantee, @TheAthleticMIN has learned that GM Paul Fenton has the green light to make trades even if it costs the #mnwild a playoff spot. STORY>>>>https://t.co/y9pbbrYmbo
— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) February 14, 2019