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Minnesota Wild year in review


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PRESEASON OUTLOOK

Good. They made the playoffs last season as a 7 seed and though they lost in the first round they put up a good fight. First full year of both Suter and Parise.

FINAL RECORD

43-27-12 98 points 7th in the West

STRANGE STAT OF THE YEAR

at 26-10-5 and 57 points at home they were 6th in the NHL at home, but on the road they were only 17-17-7 and only 20th overall on the road.

HIGH POINT OF THE YEAR

Getting out of the first round, defeating the division winning Colorado Avalanche in a tough seven game series. Even losing in six to defending Champs Chicago was nothing to be ashamed about.

LOW POINT OF THE YEAR

None really. Seriously, they consistently fought hard all year and drove towards the finish line with consistency all year. Flyer fans can joke that the low point was trading for Bryz, maybe the low point was the non stop search for a netminder but that would be about it.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Jason Pomminvile scored 30 goals and 60 points. Zach Parise missed some time but scored 29 goals and 56 points in 67 games. Ryan Suter was a ice hog with just under 30 minutes a game and scored 43 points. Mikko Koivu (11-43-54) missed some time but was solid. Kids Mikael Granlund, Nino Neiderreiter and Charlie Coyle all showed flashes of their solid abilities. Jared Spurgeon established himself nicely on the blue line.

WHAT WENT WRONG.

Netminding. They went through five goalies, Backstrom was injured, Harding tragically could not control his MS and is fighting his own battle, they wound up with Bryz and a rookie Kuemper in net. Danny Heatley (12 goals in 76 games) showed his erosion is about complete. Matt Moulson (6 goals in regular season 20 games, only 1 goal in two playoff rounds) was not what they hoped for. Several of the kids such as Bulmer, Dumba and Zucker were handed spots and although they weren't terrible they did not claim the spot and run with it.

MVP

Going with Suter. Almost 30 minutes of ice time a night leading the league by over 2 minutes over the next closest player (!) he wore down a bit down the stretch but played elite hockey in all situations and justified the signing.

UFAs

Bryzgalov

Heatley

Moulson

Clayton Stoner

Nate Prosser

OFFSEASON QUESTIONS

Do you resign Stoner and Prosser who made up the bottom pairing for much of the season, or do you go with Dumba and a free agent? What about Moulson? Do you roll the dice that Backstrom and Harding either one let alone both could be counted on in net? Can you sign a minute eater to give Suter a bit of a break? After winning in the first round and pushing the Hawks in the second are they ready with this current group and a bit of tweaking to take the next step?

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