During TSN’s Trade Centre coverage, NBC’s Pierre McGuire expressed disappointment in the Minnesota Wild’s quite deadline work.
David Jones might not be enough to sway such an opinion from McGuire and others, but at least he’s something.
The Wild received Jones from the Calgary Flames, who will reportedly absorb the contract of goalie Niklas Backstrom (and get a sixth-rounder for their troubles), according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Chris Johnston.
The Flames now have 10 picks in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Jones is having a quiet season for the Flames, with zero points in his last five games and just one goal since Jan. 16.
The Wild are looking at past successes in hopes of getting something out of him: he generated two 20+ goals during his Avalanche days and managed 14 last season for the Flames.
Nothing spectacular, yet Minnesota would gladly add some support scoring to its lineup as the Wild claw for a playoff spot.
Backstrom, 38, has not played since the 2014-15 season. His current cap hit is $3.42 million, likely easy to manage for a Calgary team that cleared out a lot of salary during this week.