The Minnesota Wild have traded a 3rd round pick for Ducks defensemen Marc-Andre Bergeron. Bergeron is not known for his defensive acumen, but he does have a nice point shot (26 PPG in the last 3 years). As Mike Russo explains, it's a bit of an insurance move for the Wild:
But he's a power-play specialist who could be valuable if the Wild can't re-sign Brian Rolston or if Foster, who likely won't be ready by the start of the season because of a broken femur, is out long.
I think it's a good move for the Wild. Even if Rolston leaves (psst, Brian, I hear Denver is a REALLY great place to play), the Wild will continue to have some dangerous shooters on the blueline. And at $1.65 million, his salary is very cap friendly.
I also have received some GREAT news involving the Minnesota Wild. Branko Radivojevic is leaving the Wild to play in Russia for two years. For at least two years, I will not have to look up the spelling of Branko Radivojevic. Two Radivojevic free years! I could not be happier. It's like Christmas in June. Thanks Branko! (And good luck!)