Wild trade Setoguchi to Jets for draft pick
The Minnesota Wild traded forward Devin Setoguchi to the
Winnipeg Jets for a second-round pick in next year’s draft.
The deal, completed Friday during a flurry of free-agent
signings, gives the Jets another player in their group of top-six
”We’re thankful that as the day went on, the trade possibility
reignited, or at least maybe went from a smolder to something that
was live,” Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said.
Cheveldayoff said recently one of his top priorities was to
improve at right wing. He started by acquiring Michael Frolik from
Stanley Cup champion Chicago last week at the NHL draft.
Now he has added the 26-year-old Setoguchi, who had 13 goals and
14 assists last season with Minnesota.
”The opportunities are there on the right side for both of
those players to grasp and to help us grow,” Cheveldayoff said.
”But we feel we’re a much better team today than we were entering
the NHL entry draft with the two players that we just
Setoguchi had a career-high 65 points in the 2008-09 season
while he was with the San Jose Sharks. He hasn’t come close to that
However, Cheveldayoff chalked up Setoguchi’s decreased stats
last season to his being forced into a smaller role.
”He’ll have a very good opportunity for a role to be a prolific
offensive player for us,” Cheveldayoff said. ”The future is all
left to be written.”