Star Tribune beat writer Michael Russo may be partially to blame for the Wild's inability to trade goaltender Manny Fernandez, thus eliminating any thoughts the team had to signing a big free agent in the coming weeks. Russo wrote in his blog last Friday that it appeared the Wild and Bruins were close to making a deal for the goalie, but in the midst of the talks between the teams a Bruins employee approached Russo and started asking him questions about Manny's character and off-ice persona. Unfortunately for Wild fans, Russo may have told this guy the truth about Manny being a head case and a dick in the locker room.
My speculation is that this schmuck was asked by the Bruins management to find out the truth about Manny from people around the team. Said schmuck then went back to management and told them not to make the deal, that Manny was not worth the headaches. After their conversation, the Bruins suddenly cooled on the deal and began looking in other directions.
Russo should've told this guy "yes, Manny is a bit goofy, but everyone loves him for it. He's a lovable joker and a true team player. Sort of like Bill Murray with goalie pads." Boston would've then traded their 1st round pick, we would've drafted Ryan McDonagh and cleared Manny's salary from the books, enabling the team to pursue expensive free agents. Thanks alot Russo.
(yes, my tongue is firmly planted in my cheek)