Minnesota Wild Season in Review, Part 5 of 5: Looking Ahead

June 30th, 2010 by Blake Benzel Leave a reply »

Well, it’s taken a lot longer than I’d expected, but here we are—part five of my five-part season in review.

I’ve looked at the season on a whole—the forwards, the defense, the goaltenders, the management—and now it’s time to take a look ahead to what this off season could bring.

The Wild has a long shopping list for this offseason and not a whole lot of money to shop with. They currently have 17 players under contract and have restricted free agents with Guillaume Latendresse and Josh Harding yet to sign.

Their shopping list will likely include another defensive player and at least one more forward, but likely two just to be safe.

So, let’s look at what the team needs.

The first need the team will try to address will be another stay-at-home, shutdown defensive player. With six defensive players under contract and approximately $16.6 million allotted to these defensive players it’s hard to believe that the Wild will go ou ...

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