By Michael Russo
Monday: I’ll be on KFAN at 2:30 pm, WCCO at 10 pm
HERE IS A LINK FOR THE WILD DEPTH CHART I PUT TOGETHER! Draft has ended and you’ll see a bunch of coverage in tomorrow’s paper, including a Wild Insider that looks at free agency and the depth chart as of now.
The Insider in tomorrow’s paper, I’ll direct you to because it’s a lot more detailed, but here’s just a taste.
Negotiations with the Wild’s Brian Rolston is at a sensitive juncture.
The Wild has grown frustrated with Rolston’s agent, Steve Bartlett. GM Doug Risebrough says the Wild has not received a single counteroffer from Bartlett.
Talks are in such danger of halting, the Wild has begun to receive and weigh offers from teams for the right to negotiate exclusively with Rolston, who can become a free agent July 1.
In the next few days, if the Wild feels it will be impossible to sign Rolston, chances are enormous that Rolston’s rights will be traded so the team gets some semblance of value.
Asked if the Wild’s made its final offer, Risebrough said, “Probably, because the other thing is, [not receiving a counteroffer] doesn’t motivate you to want to do anything else, either. When you’ve made three [offers] and haven’t got one, it doesn’t motivate you to make four.”
Reached Saturday, Rolston said, “I haven’t reached my agent as of late. I’ll get in touch with Steve, but we’ve been talking all along. I don’t have much to say. We’ve been here the whole time listening to offers.”
Rolston said Bartlett’s philosophy is not to make counteroffers. He said maybe that needs to change, but he maintains the Wild needs to offer him “market value” or he’ll go elsewhere. Risebrough has said there’s a difference of opinion in Rolston’s “market value.”
“These next few days are going to be big to see if I’m going to stay,” Rolston said.
That’s it from here.