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

forwards.

”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

acquired.”

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

total since.

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.”