Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/12/05 at 06:54 AM ET
In the past two years, the Wild have jettisoned veterans such as Andrew Brunette, Richard Park, Sergei Zholtok and Antti Laaksonen to make room for untested prospects whose time has arrived. The veterans' departures have created a production and leadership vacuum that Gaborik is eager to fill. "Expectations for me as a player and a leader will be higher. I'm cool with that," he said. "I've seen a lot of things. I'm not going to be like I was two or three years ago, kind of quiet. There are a lot of young guys coming up. We need someone older who should spice it up a little."
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