Madden has always been known more as a defensive forward for the New Jersey Devils, before his brief (but very rewarding) stop in Chicago. His scoring numbers do reflect that with only 23 points (10 goals and 13 assists) in 79 games for the Blackhawks in 2010, which had him ranked 242nd among all forwards, just outside of the good scoring zone for my hockey pool anyways. Looking at the depth chart of forwards for the Wild, I don't think Madden will get too much time outside of playing the 3rd or 4th line role, so don't expect his points to be too high in 2011.
|Mikko Koivu||Marek Zidlicky||Niklas Backstrom|
|Andrew Brunette||Cam Barker||Josh Harding|
|Martin Havlat||Brent Burns|
|Matt Cullen||Nick Schultz|
|Antti Miettinen||Greg Zanon|
The Wild cap figures are actually quite impressive, in terms of how high they have gone this year. The Wild have 21 players on their current team table and a buyout of almost $1 million on the books and they currently sit at an annual cap figure of $56.1 million. They have a couple of blueline spots to fill before the start of the season, but that could be done on the cheap, bringing them just over $57 million, when its all said and done.
The goal in Minnesota in 2010 is going to be achieving chemistry, especially in their top guns. Between Mikko Koivu and Martin Havlat, they desperately need to find some offensive touch together or else it could be a long season for the Wild. With 71 and 54 points between them, respectively, in 2010, they have a long way to go with that. Nevertheless, management has done a good job preparing some insurance defensively, if their offense struggles. The addition of Madden today is a great sign of that.