But there was a nugget buried in the tea leaves, one that could have soul crushing implications for Wild fans everywhere.
I hope you're sitting down for this. Nick Palmieri, acquired in the Marek Zidlicky trade, has turned down his qualifying offer (thus far) and is....wait for it....holding out. Kinda, but basically yes.
Palmieri played nine games with Minnesota after the trade, and was then buried in Houston where he had three goals and six points in 13 games. Probably not enough to warrant etching his name in stone for a roster spot, especially with the influx of youth and the free agent signings of Zenon Konopka and Ryan Suter's bestie Jake Dowell. And with the spectre of a work stoppage increasingly evident, it makes sense for Palmieri to find work in Europe- after all, its a good way to earn a steady wage ("will forecheck for rubles") and continue to develop his game, which may not have occured here. He is waiver eligible, so his situation isn't too dissimilar than that of Cody Almond, who basically did the same thing- signed a deal in Europe even though he may have had some suitors if he could be had for free.
The Wild will still retain Nick Palmieri's rights. For what its worth.