Minnesota has picked up 8 points out of the last 10 available, but that still left them 5 games out of the playoffs. On that note, GM Greg Dockus decided it was time to pull the trigger to affect some cost savings and get some help down the road. On that note, he dealt Jason Arnott and UFA to be Aaron Ward to Philly for a combination of picks and prospects. At first, the deal was originally to be high scoring OHL defenseman Paul Ranger, 2 2nd's and 3rd round pick. But the prospects and picks may change due to a league ruling of Jason Arnott's RFA/UFA status. Regardless, Minnesota has basically decided to, once again, wait til (at least) next year. "We figured to be really up against it to re-sign Jason after next year. We have younger guys who will need new contracts and we know Jason will want $5-6 million a year." Players like Therien, Ronning and Cullen are available for teams to make that playoff push.