Today's post title sounds like the name of a Tarantino film, but in this case it's what Chuck Fletcher aims to get done in the next 24 hours. Star-Tribune beat writer and hockey wonk Michael "I used to cover the Florida Panthers and I hate early morning flights" Russo is reporting that it will end up being for $12.0 million over 3 years. The sticking point appears to be Marek Zidlicky's desire for a no-trade clause, something Fletcher dislikes. Zidlicky is 33 years old and there is no way he should be given a no-trade.
I like the deal; Zidlicky has brought offense to the blue line and is very capable of running the PP. Having said that, if he insists on the no-trade, I'd say goodbye and look for his replacement via free agency this summer.
Oh, one more quick thing. I heard Kevin Gorg on KFAN this morning raving about Pittsburgh's acquisition of Jordan Leopold for only a 2nd round pick. Note to Gorg: there's a reason Leopold's been traded several times throughout his career...he's not that good. He's decent on the PP, but a complete defensive liability. If he was the great d-man you liken him to, he'd still be in Calgary. No wait, Colorado. Errr, Florida.