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Insider Only Rumors: Wild GM Paul Fenton enamored with Patric Hornqvist?


1. A feeling in NHL circles among agents and executives is the Minnesota Wild embarrassed themselves with the nixed Phil Kessel trade. All indications are Wild GM Paul Fenton pushed the trade forward without any inkling or assurances that Phil Kessel would even consider playing in Minnesota.

While the Kessel deal is still on the table if Kesse were to change his mind, Fenton just assumed it was a slam dunk and is said to have been blindsided that Kessel didn’t want to play in Minnesota.

Fenton a year on to the job with the Minnesota Wild has already developed a reputation as being an ego maniac who doesn’t make an attempt to give his hockey operations staff a voice and when you don’t involve your staff like Fenton isn’t, you’ll get leaks and dysfunction which is happening in Minnesota.

Another factor amongst others in Kessel giving little thought to accepting a trade to Minnesota was word getting to the Kessel camp during their information gathering process that the Wild’s hockey operations staff and coaching staff were near unanimous that they didn’t want Kessel.

Yet, Fenton still went through with the deal despite his staff being largely against it.

When it comes to the Penguins still trying to complete a reworked deal for Jason Zucker, I haven’t taken talk from multiple league sources that Fenton ‘loves’ Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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