5 Players the Minnesota Wild Should Target Before the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

By Brad Berreman

Minnesota Wild: 5 Potential Trade Targets Before the Deadline

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The Minnesota Wild are again struggling through the middle of the season, with injuries, illness, off-ice concerns and dismal goaltending taking center stage.

With the NHL trade deadline coming in early March, here are five players the Wild should target between now and then.

5. Jhonas Enroth, G, Buffalo Sabres

Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo Sabres
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5. Jhonas Enroth, G, Buffalo Sabres

Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo Sabres
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Enroth has never quite been a full-time starter for the Sabres, and he's not having a great season (3.13 goals-against average). He is slated to become a free agent after the season though, and he is young enough (26) to possibly give the Wild a future plan between the pipes.

4. Keith Yandle, D, Arizona Coyotes

Keith Yandle, Arizona Coyotes
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4. Keith Yandle, D, Arizona Coyotes

Keith Yandle, Arizona Coyotes
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Yandle is the Coyotes' leading point scorer so far this season (26-four goals, 22 assists). He doesn't fit Minnesota's need for a big, physical defenseman, but his contribution offensively (15 power play assists) would be a welcome addition.

3. Viktor Fasth, G, Edmonton Oilers

Viktor Fasth, Edmonton Oilers
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3. Viktor Fasth, G, Edmonton Oilers

Viktor Fasth, Edmonton Oilers
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Edmonton is headed for another season in the cellar of the Western Conference, and Fasth is behind Ben Scrivens on the depth chart, 32 years old and slated to be a free agent in the summer.

2. Martin Brodeur, G, St. Louis Blues

Martin Brodeur, St. Louis Blues
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2. Martin Brodeur, G, St. Louis Blues

Martin Brodeur, St. Louis Blues
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Brodeur has appeared in seven games (five starts) since signing with the Blues in early December, with a 2.87 goals-against average. Brian Elliott recently returned from a knee injury and rookie Jake Allen is also on the roster, so carrying three healthy goaltenders looks unlikely, despite Blues' general manager George Armstrong suggesting otherwise this week.

1. Cam Ward, G, Carolina Hurricanes

Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes
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1. Cam Ward, G, Carolina Hurricanes

Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes
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Ward has a 2.37 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage for a Hurricanes' team that has the lowest point total in the Eastern Conference (28) right now. He carries a $6.3 million salary cap hit for this season and next, but Carolina is having financial issues and could simply look to unload him. Add in his experience (234 career wins) and reasonable age (31 in Feb.), and Ward clearly belongs atop this list.

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