Winger Chuck Kobasew has always been a quiet, hard-working player who never ruffles feathers within his own locker room.
And with 44 goals in parts of three seasons with the Bruins, he has shown some decent scoring hands as well.
So it’s no surprise that the Minnesota Wild, in light of the fact that they don’t seem to have much use for him, are allowing Kobasew’s agent to shop him around the league before Monday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.
Former Flames winger Chuck Kobasew is being shopped around with hopes he’ll be able to showcase himself before becoming a UFA this summer. Kobasew, who has been used sparingly in Minnesota, is being extended the courtesy by GM Chuck Fletcher of having his agent kick tires around the league with hopes there’s a better fit elsewhere.
Kobasew, 28, carries the same $2.2 and change cap hit that made him a salary-cap casualty with Boston last season, when the Bruins traded him to the Wild. In 47 games this season, he has just 13 points (nine goals). After he was a healthy scratch last Tuesday, Kobasew skated around just 10 minutes in the Wild’s next two games and was point-less with a minus-1 rating in both contests. It’s a shame Kobasew hasn’t been able to fit in because after an awful season last year, the Wild are in the thick of the playoff race this season, as Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.
The Bruins, like a lot of teams, would probably love to have a player of Kobasew’s ilk for the stretch run — but at a much cheaper price. But such is the NHL under the current CBA that some guys are just priced out of their skill range and become victims of their own good fortune after signing a generous deal. It’s the same type of thinking that makes Alex Kovalev fetch just a seventh-round draft pick in a trade between Pittsburgh and Ottawa.
At least if things don’t work out for him with Minnesota or another team the last couple months of this season, Kobasew can look at July 1 as a chance to start over.