An illustrated guide to the Minnesota Wild’s misery when Marek Zidlicky plays

Defenseman Marek Zidlicky has been many things for the Minnesota Wild this year: atrocious on the ice, insubordinate in the media, a healthy scratch in the press box for Coach Mike Yeo.

But to really gauge his negative impact and general terribleness in 2011-12, Puck Daddy's infographics ace Dan Gustafson of SixteenWins.com has created this handy visual aid to The Zidlicky Conundrum:

From Gustafson: "Not that I think he's the reason they've crapped out (there are many reasons), but it's really weird how bad they are when he's in."

One assumes this will be someone else's problem by the trade deadline. Along with news anchors, left-handed relief pitchers and NFL punters, puck-moving defensemen are always going to be (a) on the move and (b) coveted by someone.

(Dan will be working with Puck Daddy on creating some whimsical and informative NHL graphics throughout the season. If you have any requests, email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com. Visit Dan at Sixteen Wins and follow him on Twitter here.)