NEW YORK — The Wildcats are on a two-game winning streak, but that hasn’t stopped management from talking about an eye problem earlier.
On defense, the team traded Kallen Addison to San Jose on Wednesday and brought in veteran Zach Bogosian from Tampa Bay.
In the year With the 2020 Stanley Cup champion Lightning, Bogosian cost Durn a seventh-round pick in the 2025 draft, while the Durn got minor leaguer Adam Raska and a 2026 fifth-round pick for Addison.
Boghossian, 33, is expected to make his debut against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
“We gave up too many opportunities,” said Wild president of hockey operations Bill Guerin. “We need to change our mindset a little bit and protect our goalkeepers. We have a good goalkeeper, but it doesn’t matter if you hang them out to dry.
“We’ve been a lot better at that the last two games, and I think Zach will make some improvements in that area.”
This switch has been on the Wild’s radar for the past few weeks.
After starting the season 2-1, they have only won once in seven games and their problem has been conceding too many goals.
They’ve been scored on twice in seven times, their opponents have scored four or more in eight of 12 games, and the Wildcats’ 48 total goals scored is still the second most in the NHL after a four-game losing streak with back-to-back wins.
“The proof was kind of in the pudding,” Guerin said.
Addison left after four seasons with the Wild to mixed reviews, with the team initially picking him up as a top prospect in the 2020 Jason Zucker trade with Pittsburgh.
His strength has been as a power-play quarterback: Last season, Addison scored 18 of his 29 points on the power play and his 26 rebounds tied a franchise record for rookies.
But because of his defensive play, he was benched on several occasions. He has appeared in every game this season, but Guerin felt Addison was falling down the depth chart. Addison had no goals and five assists and was recently demoted from the top power play class.
“Not a knock on Calen,” Guerin said. “It’s just a change of direction.”
With other options on the power play, the Wild could focus on their defense and some of its weaknesses.
“Calen is a good player,” Guerin continued. “But now he’s got 100 games in the league, and we feel we know what he is for us, and that doesn’t mean he’s the finished product. But now we’re looking for something different.”
Raska, who was recruited from the San Jose Wildcats, has been mostly in the minors for the past two seasons and will report to Iowa in the American Hockey League.
At 6-foot-2 and 231 pounds, Bogosian makes the Wild look big and strong, but the team prioritizes pedigree.
Durr was on that Tampa Bay championship team with Pat Maroon, who was traded in the offseason, and had 57 goals and 156 assists in 787 games with the Thrashers/Jets, Sabers (with Marcus Folino), Maple Leafs and Lightning after being drafted third overall in 2008.
Durr likes Boghossian’s style and has tried to get him in the past. Bogosian, who is in the final season of a three-year, $2.55 million contract, had no trade clause in his deal, but was included on the list of teams to which the Wild would go. His price was $25,000 more than Addison’s.
“He’s hungry to play, and we’re looking for what he can bring to our lineup,” said Guerin, who noted that Bogosian’s season home is in Minnesota. “He’s a big guy. He still skates well. He brings weight. He brings some grit, and we need it. The experience he brings along with the other intangibles, I think he’s a great teammate.
“People in our company know him and speak highly of him, so we’re excited to have him.”
The Wildcat defense has been a work in progress all this offseason, with captain Jared Spurgeon recovering from a preseason injury and Alex Goligoski sidelined with a lower-body issue.
Guerin ruled Spurgeon out with the Rangers and doesn’t consider Friday a chance when the Wild complete their road trip at Buffalo, but Spurgeon should be ready to play “soon.”
His return could be a very impactful addition to the back end, but the Wild are still trying to clean up their zone.
“We have to be able to defend, and that’s what Zach can bring to the table,” Guerin said. “He’s bigger. He’s got more weight, and I think that’s something we’ve got to improve on.”