The Minnesota Wild remain in good shape heading into the final stretch of the season, but must decide whether to take a risk for possible reward.
Under head coach Bruce Boudreau, the Wild sit in first place in the Western Conference and have received contributions from throughout the roster. With no serious injuries to speak of, and Vezina trophy favourite Devan Dubnyk in-between the pipes, the club appears to be sitting pretty heading into the March.1 NHL trade deadline.
Unlike in years past, the Wild may avoid trying to bolster certain positions at the deadline, fearing that a new addition may affect the team's current chemistry. Boudreau experienced first-hand during is time with the Washington Capitals, that acquiring talented rental players at this juncture does not always yield positive results.
"We made four deals because we thought we were going to go so far we needed the depth,” Boudreau said of his 2010 Capitals, speaking with Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
"The thought process was great, but the realism was that we had a lot of good hockey players sitting out every game and that ruined a little bit of the thing that we had going for us.
"All of a sudden the chemistry is uprooted. We're always striving to get better, but sometimes doing nothing means you're getting better as well."
Wild' GM Chuck Fletcher has never been one to shy away from a deadline deal, but the success of this years team has convinced Fletcher that the team does not need to force a trade.
"This year, we have pretty good depth and we're getting contributions throughout our lineup. You want to be careful you're not taking somebody out of the lineup that's helped you get to this place."
The Wild could very well remain active at the deadline, but with Minnesota sporting a plus-55 goal differential through 54 games, they may prefer not to nitpick before the playoffs.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Wild won't want to mess with a good thing.