Minnesota Wild Must Rebuild

November 19th, 2009 by Austin Lindberg Leave a reply »
There is a long way to go until this year's trade deadline of March 3, 2010.

But with the Winter Olympics, general managers around the league are going to have to do their homework earlier than usual to work around the Olympic break from Feb. 15-28.

The Minnesota Wild are amongst a handful of teams who look to be major players in that deadline. If the Wild are serious about moving forward with new head coach Todd Richards and new general manager Chuck Fletcher, they will be sellers come deadline day.

The Wild are ending their adjustment period to the new, open system of Richards. Wednesday's game was nearly error-free with regards to operating in the system. However, the team still could not generate any sort of bite or strike fear into Phoenix.

The Wild are sleepwalking through the 2009-10 NHL season because this is a team very much in transition. Gone are the days of the Jacques Lemaire defensive lockdown; his replacement implements a much more aggressive approach.

Although Lemaire is gone, the players that former GM Doug Risebrough pieced together to function in Lemaire's system remain—and they don't fit the new syst ...

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