Wingers Wild: Minnesota Wild 2010-11 NHL Season Preview

September 24th, 2010 by Benjamin Benya Leave a reply »
As part of a continuing series, writer Benjamin Benya will be previewing all 30 NHL teams over the next two weeks in preparation for the 2010-2011 regular season. 

With great depth in the West, the next team, the Minnesota Wild, could surprise a few people this year.

Key Additions: C Matt Cullen, LW Eric Nystrom, C John Madden.

Key Subtractions: LW Derek Boogaard, LW Andrew Ebbett, RW Owen Nolan.

For the Minnesota Wild, life in the National Hockey League hasn’t always gone as planned. The Wild made the playoffs light years before any of their expansion comrades, and what’s more, they are still the most successful of those teams. But after one appearance in the Western Conference Finals, Minnesota found themselves in a holding pattern of injuries and inequity.

Once Marian Gaborik made the inevitable decision to leave the Wild, fans were hopeful that the team could prosper with a new model minus the Slovakian star. Gaborik’s departure was just one part of a massive identity overhaul that included the departure of head coach Jacques Lemaire as well. Now, with GM Chuck Fletcher calling the shots, the Wild have taken an ...

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