Minneapolis, MN – The housecleaning that’s going on in Minnesota continued today as Minnesota has acquired two first round draft picks, a third round draft pick and Chris Higgins and Luca Caputi. To obtain these picks/players the Rats have traded Andy McDonald, Nikolai Kulemin, Michal Repik and the recently acquired Lee Stempniak in separate deals unconfirmed by the league at the time of this release.
With all of the recent moves made by Minnesota, tomorrow’s draft surely will be an important day in the history of the club. Minnesota now has six picks in the first two rounds of tomorrow's draft which gives the club a lot of options including the possibility of moving a 2nd round pick for next year’s draft or bringing in a veteran blueliner who can score goals. Rumor has it the Rink Rats have expressed an interest in defenseman Joe Corvo and Michael Roszival for a 2nd but no deals are imminent.
“We’re willing to consider any and all options,” stated GM Tyler LaDouceur. “We certainly could use a veteran defenseman who knows how to score from the blueline so a draft pick may be moved for some help there. But we’re also willing to consider moving a 2nd round pick for next year year’s draft. Moving these players wasn’t easy by any means, but we’re looking to get younger and better so we’re a good team for the long haul. There’s some good talent in this year’s draft. We haven’t had a 1st round pick the last two years so this will be exciting for us.”
Minnesota is sure to stay busy heading into the hours of the draft and have already began discussing other opportunities with GM's. Stay tuned ...