He isn't playing much -- having been scratched from the Wild's lineup in four the team's past six games -- but Zenon Konopka has been voted Minnesota's new player representative.
Since Konopka was the only Wild player to attend a bargaining session during the lockout, it shouldn't come as a shock that no Wild player raised his hand and volunteered to be the new player rep once Darroll Powe was traded last month to the Rangers. So Konopka replaces Powe, who replaced traded Nick Schultz last year. "Everyone else volunteered me for it," Konopka said. "They had a vote without me and voted I should be the new rep." Maybe this is why the Wild signed Konopka as a free agent in the off-season. Couldn't have been for his playing abilities. The guy has no points in 15 games this season.