On Monday the Wild made yet another trade before the deadline by sending defenseman Nick Schultz to the Oilers for defenseman Tom Gilbert. Schultz was the longest tenured Wild player and longest tenured Minnesota athlete for any of the major sports. The 29 year old Schultz made his NHL debut in 2001 and has  26 goals, 102 assists and a plus eight rating in 743 career games. Losing Schultz is a big loss for the Wild. He is arguable the most liked player in the locker room and the players have said he is what Wild hockey is all about. The Wild received 29 year old Tom Gilbert who is a Bloomington native that played college at the University of Wisconsin. He has 33 goals, 125 assists and a minus-29 rating in 384 games with the Oilers over 6 seasons. The Zidlicky trade helped clear cap space and gain assets for the offseason while this trade is more of a swap to get a defenseman that plays a different style. Schultz has two years left on his deal at $3.6 million annually at a $3.5 million cap hit while Gilbert has two years left on his deal at $3.5 million annually at a $4 million cap hit. By trading two of their best veteran defenseman, Zidlicky and Schultz, the Wild have clearly become sellers this season at the deadline.

You can see all the trades by the Wild this season here.

Here is an audio interview with new Wild defenseman Tom Gilbert with his reactions to the trade.

The Wild passed Brad Staubitz through re-entry waivers on Monday to bring him back to the Wild roster but the 27 year old winger was claimed by the Montreal Canadians. They will pick up half of the remainder of his salary while the Wild will pay the other half, just over $60,000 each against the cap.

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