From Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
The Wild has had a number of talks with the agent of longtime checking center Stephane Yelle, but right now, Yelle’s agent Larry Kelly says the Wild has informed him they are “holding off.”
Yelle, 34, a gritty character guy and terrific faceoff centerman, is a two-time Cup winner with Colorado and spent the past five seasons with Calgary. Obviously, the Wild is thin, thin, thin up the middle, and whether it’s Yelle or someone else, you’ve got to figure at some point before or during the season that the Wild will address this issue.
Read the entire entry from Russo’s Rants here.
Yelle is also a terrific penalty killer, who shows a willingness to block shots and do the necessary dirty work. In reality, there isn’t a more “Minnesota Wild” player out there on the free agent market more than Stephane Yelle. While he provides little/if any offense, the veteran center should get scooped up by a team soon.