Over the course of the next month, Konopkaesque will review each player who suited up for the Wild this season, with a few exceptions. 1) They had to play at least ten games during the season and/or playoffs (sorry, Brett Bulmer, Carson McMillan and John Curry) and 2) they had to finish the season as part of the organization, which ironically excludes the man for whom this blog is named, among others.
So, without further blathering, here’s today’s subject:
Cody McCormick, C, Age 31
Remaining contract (per capgeek): UFA in 2014
Games: 14 (Regular Season) 13 (Playoffs)
Goals: 1 (Regular Season) 1 (Playoffs)
Assists: 1 (Regular Season) 0 (Playoffs)
+/-: +2 (Regular Season +1 (Playoffs)
PIM: 7 (Regular Season) 14 (Playoffs)
ATOI: 9:47 (Regular Season) 8:16 (Playoffs)
What Did He Do?: McCormick was the “other” asset in the Matt Moulson-Torrey Mitchell and picks bonanza on trade deadline day. My first reaction to seeing McCormick in the deal was that he was a makeweight, someone to balance out salaries, etc. After all, he’d played only 29 games for Buffalo before he was dealt. What he delivered was something completely different. By the time the Wild landed in Chicago for round two of the playoffs, I was having a tough time imagining a good lineup without McCormick on the fourth line. And while he will never be more than just that, a fourth liner, McCormick added grit and physicality to a team that had little when he arrived.
What to Expect if You’re Expecting: Don’t be surprised if McCormick is brought back. Simply speaking, he’s a reliable physical presence who has been through it in a long career, and can be had for a reasonable cap hit on a short-term deal. The Wild were young this season, and may actually be slightly younger next year, if that can be believed. Having a few veterans around who know what is expected of them, like McCormick, can’t hurt. If I’m Chuck Fletcher (and I’m the first to admit that I am woefully underqualified for that job) I’d keep McCormick for two more years if you can get him for under one million per season.
Trade Prospects?: Slim to none, as he’s a free agent. Another late round pick pre-draft day kind of thing. Hard to believe there would be any takers.
Season Highlight: Not a highlight from his time with the Wild, but early in the season, McCormick actually dropped the mitts with Clayton Stoner. I’d call it a draw, but it looks like Cody popped Stoner pretty good with his first left.
Ironically enough, perhaps the happiest man in the room when McCormick arrived was Stoner himself, as the defenseman had been the sole pugilist for the Wild in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline.