Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky was a healthy scratch for his third game in a row on Tuesday against the Predators. He was quick to head to the media before the game and voice his opinions about his playing time. This is what he had to say about Yeo’s decision, “If I would be a healthy scratch, if it helped the team, that’s good. I will not cry. I will not tell him he’s wrong. But if he doesn’t want to play me again, again, I have to do something.” Not only was he unhappy with his playing time, he is also unhappy that he is on the ice with the 3rd or 4th lines when he does play. He also said that Yeo told him everything he does with the puck and without is wrong. But the 34 year old Zidlicky said that he can’t change, it is all he knows an he has tried everything Yeo wants but it’t not good enough. Clearly Yeo and Zidlicky don’t seem that they are a good fit together and the numbers show it. As an offensive-minded defenseman he has underperformed in his first season under the new head coach. He has 0 goals and 11 assists in 34 games this year. The next step for he Wild will likely be exploring a trade of the veteran defenseman. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said he met with Zidlicky Tuesday but preferred to keep the contents of the meeting private. Zidlicky stated that he would consider waiving his no-trade clause if the right opportunity arises. He doesn’t want to leave his family in Minnesota and be selfish to get playing time but he also wants to get back on the ice. The Wild would obviously be selling on Zidlickly when his value is low but he has been in the NHL for a long time now and everyone knows what he has brought to the ice in the past which could boost his value. Only time will tell what trade options will arise for the Wild and what they can get in return for the veteran.

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