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Now What Minnesota?

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Now big questions have to addressed this offseason...

One, obviously has to do with Yeo. GM Chuck Fletcher is safe, I believe. If Yeo isn’t safe, it would come from the GM, not the owner. And with Lindy Ruff and maybe even Dave Tippett dangling, this will be a lasting topic unless Fletcher publicly puts it to bed.

But Fletcher will have to evaluate everything, and that includes the job he is doing.

I still think the Wild’s future is bright, but the Wild isn’t big enough up front, isn’t fast enough and doesn’t have enough finishers. The blue line is an issue. It nThe Wild will have to find a way to accomplish this. If you don’t get to pick first or second overall or third overall or whatever, like Chicago did with Kane and Toews, and Pittsburgh did with Crosby and Malkin, it’s hard to replicate that route.

But bottom line: The Wild outchanced Chicago for large portions of this series. But as has been the trend all year with the team, it has to work excruciatingly hard to finish, while other teams seemingly don’t.

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Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

LMAO @ Minnesota

$200 million reasons to get the same result.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 05/10/13 at 09:38 AM ET

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LMAO @ Minnesota

$200 million reasons to get the same result.

That’s kind of funny, Minnesota got into the playoffs and Nashville didn’t. Wonder who is laughing.

Posted by timbits on 05/10/13 at 10:06 AM ET

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That’s kind of funny, Minnesota got into the playoffs and Nashville didn’t. Wonder who is laughing.

What’s funny is your assertion that qualifying for the playoffs and getting immediately bounced in the first round is some kind of noble feat. What are you, a Blues fan?

Posted by godblender on 05/10/13 at 10:17 AM ET

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What’s funny is your assertion that qualifying for the playoffs and getting immediately bounced in the first round is some kind of noble feat. What are you, a Blues fan?

Detroit fans seemed awfully happy to make the playoffs this year.

Posted by timbits on 05/10/13 at 10:19 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

They Wild will be fine.  They’ll just use the money they take from more successful, profitable teams to bid against them for players until they can finally put together a competitive team.

Posted by Hootinani on 05/10/13 at 10:21 AM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Detroit fans seemed awfully happy to make the playoffs this year again.

Fixed.
There was good reason for us to be happy to make the playoffs this year… most of us didn’t really expect it.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/10/13 at 10:24 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

...the Wild isn’t big enough up front, isn’t fast enough and doesn’t have enough finishers. The blue line is an issue.

Could just as easily apply to the Wings, although the “isn’t fast enough” part is less an issue now than it’s been in the past (especially if Helm returns next year).

On my summer wish list for the Wings: (1) a veteran puck-moving defenseman who can play the point on the power play, and (2) a big-body forward who can “finish” to play on the Euro Twins’ line.

Hopefully, that could be done via the free agent route, but if they have to give up a Tatar or Jurco and a Ouellet or Almquist along with Quincey to get one of those two elements, so be it. The Wings are stocked with smaller forwards and quality defensive prospects. They need verteran leadrship on the blue line and a scorer with size up front.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/10/13 at 10:30 AM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

That’s kind of funny, Minnesota got into the playoffs and Nashville didn’t. Wonder who is laughing

I’m laughing at Minnesota now. Trust me, I’ve been laughing as Nashville all damn season long.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 05/10/13 at 11:36 AM ET

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