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  1. I think we need 270 goals (up 17from last year) and allow 220 (down 12 from last year. League was 296 and 203 respectively. My tally comes pretty close to this on goals for (Staal 30, Zucker 30, Nino 25, Parise 25, Granlund 20, Ek 15, etc...) I think we can do it if we get full years out of these guys and maybe a couple of young guy surprises. I think we can cut down on the goals against too. We added some grit and with any luck, we will get more PP opportunities. Our numbers are not terrible, in fact they could be very, very good. I am going to go into the season with high hopes. We are in Minnesota after all!!!
  2. I know, right? Just trying to get a fair but not-so-negative post going, but this is a tough crowd. Seems like the changes folks want with the team/org. on this board are never enough. I have to say, I may be crazy, but I have a feeling we will be pleasantly surprised this year. Just a gut feeling.
  3. Also, I think it's safe to say that Las Vegas will take a step back.
  4. Let's look at teams that should improve and those who should slide. St. Louis seems to have improved their roster, I don't see the same as I look at probable line combos from: COL, DAL, CGY, EDM, CHI, SJS, LAK, NAS, WPG, ANA. I don't see that any of them have really done a lot to improve their roster. Some of those teams are already really good, but I don't see anyone leapfrogging the WIld this year with the exception of STL. Change my mind.
  5. Yes, I do, can't be any worse than Cullen no matter who you put out there. Probably the softest bottom 6 in the league. BB needs to push the bottom 6, big time. Got to see some big hits.
  6. This is the good stuff! Let's talk about what can be done to maximize what we have.
  7. So let me understand the viewpoint of most here. We are a good team, made playoffs 6 straight years, no easy feat. We are a bad playoff team. We have changed coaches. We have spent to the cap, possibly to undeserved players, but ownership will spend. Our problem is elite players need 1 or 2 of them. Very stable roster, but this roster won't get it done in the playoffs. We don't have assets to use in acquisition of eilte players. So we are good, but not good enough. No assets, so can't do anything about it. So the only option is to completely tank for 1 draft pick. How is this prudent? I think you have to keep plugging along and one year, maybe you catch lightning in a bottle. I really think "tanking" is an absolutely terrible idea. The last time we had a team tank (North Stars in late 80's) no one would show up to the games and they move to Texas. Those top picks (Modano and Lawton), one was HOF the other was not even close. Why not focus on real things instead fantasyland. We needed tougher guys, I think they have done that. Cullen for example, provided absolutely no toughness, he was a waste of time. Pominville, the same. Now we need the guys we have and brought in to deliver that toughness, especially in the playoffs. I expect a much-improved 3rd and 4th line. The top 6 are really the same, but hopefully a healthy season. My biggest complaint is Dubnyk. He can be very good, but he also crushes our team with soft goals. If you all remember Jon Casey, he was the same thing. He could stand on his head and be amazing only to let up soft goals at the worst times. He made it to the Stanley Cup as our #1. My fantasyland dream would be that Dubnyk can do the same. Your turn.....
  8. 2 choices, give up or keep trying. I would prefer to keep trying all the while looking to make a splash at the deadline. Elite center or Elite goalie. I figure we might as well try to make a splash and if it fails, who cares, no worse for the wear. I think you probably are the same, just won't admit it. Why else would you post so much on the board?
  9. I think the missing ingredient that people have the hardest time with is that we don't have the elite type player. The kind that can put the playoffs on their back and get it done. Crosby, Ovechkin, Stamkos, Kane, etc... I think it will be tough to get a player like that. Until then, we obviously will need to keep on truckin' and work for the best. Each year is new, maybe it could happen for the playoffs this year, but I think the regular season should be really solid.
  10. I see the Wild doing pretty well next year. I think they will more than likely add to their goal production. A full year of Nino, Coyle and Parise will offset any dropoff from Staal and Zucker. The Wild took a step backward last year on the defensive side and gave up more goals. The roster stability is good and I believe the addition of some sandpaper type guys we should see a more rugged group. That being said the Wild finished 8th in the league with points even with significant time lost to key players. If we get something out of the youngsters that would be a bonus. Mainly, if Dubnyk can get it going early and not let in so many soft goals we should see an improvement and at the minimum not lose ground. A lot depends on injuries, as always, but I think they can have another good year. Maybe at the deadline, they can add a piece that would help them in the playoffs. I see mostly negativity on the board, but I see a solid year once again. Tell me where I'm wrong.
  11. @rottenrefs Agreed on Granny, but they have to give a little to get a little. He might have some value.
  12. He's going to have to do: Buyout Ennis (he is nowhere near the salary he is earning) Sign Zucker Sign Dumba Look to make a significant trade that will need to reduce salary cap pressure and not disrupt the core. Candidates for this would be (Parise or Suter - fat chance anyone would want their contracts), Spurgeon (Like him, but he makes an awful lot), Coyle (just not getting it done), Nino (also not getting it done), Granny (too damn small for the playoffs, can help get you there, but too easily pushed around in the playoffs) the latter 3 may have some suitors and we'd have to get real clever and lucky. Need some guys with sandpaper and a #2 up and coming goaltender. Ultimately, Dubnyk and not tough enough is the reason we won't advance in the playoffs. Dubnyk is OK, but just OK. We are too soft, need to strike some fear in opponents with any new adds to the tram.

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