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My guess is Paul Fenton gets the gig. Will Leipold let them make meaningful changes...I doubt it so any new GM is going to be handcuffed by the restriction they can't blow things up. That means more of the same above average mediocrity most likely.
This offseason look is pretty much spot on.
A couple things I will add though:
Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker up front....
Matt Dumba and Jonas Brodin on the blueline.
All five of those players (Granlund is the only one of the group without a new deal yet) simply MUST step up and not just be "ok players".
Those five players (25 yrs old each for the forwards, 22 yrs and 23 yrs old for Dumba and Brodin respectively) were kept, not dealt away, allowed to be claimed in drafts, etc, etc, for a reason, and that is this............Minnesota views them as integral to the continued success of the team once the 'over 30' core of Koivu, Pominville, Staal, and yes, even Zach Parise, can no longer be counted on night in, night out to carry the team.
Those five players basically need to have career years just about simultaneously for this group to be taken seriously as one that "other teams don't want to play in the playoffs".
All other points made by the OP are, as I said, spot on, but to me, all eyes should be on what strides those five players in particular make.
Granlund, Coyle, and Zucker are NO LONGER the future...their time is now. At 25, they should now be either sharing equal responsibilities with the veteran core, or even start surpassing them. This has to happen this coming season.
The young defensemen, yes, it is asking quite a bit from two guys in their early 20's, and I don't really expect either of them to surpass the likes of Suter, Spurgeon or Scandella just yet.....but they need to show they can push those vets for major ice time. And I mean REALLY push them.
And eventually those two SHOULD be the go-to guys on D.
I’m still pissed they passed on Boeser. But to their defense many teams did. But he was right in their backyard and was a Wild fan growing up. Watched him many times at the Ralph when he played for UND. Kid just knew how to put the puck in the net and he has proven he can do it in the NHL too. Plays with an edge too. 2 things the Wild lack.
No doubt right? This team didn't value shoot-first players. We over value the two-way ability. We care too much about how many pucks they give to little kids during warm ups.
You are 100% correct, Boeser was exactly the kind of player this team needed. Kunin, maybe its just me...I am not seeing a kid with a tremendous amount of skill or ability to score. Not at the NHL level and mind you we haven't seen a lot of him. But for a 6'0" kid he doesn't skate exceptionally well or possess blistering speed...so how is an averaged size guy with limited scoring ability supposed to be an offensive contributor in the NHL? He wasn't even a go-to scorer in Iowa. Just sayin'... Tuch was at least a go-to player most of the time for Iowa last year before he made the big jump with Vegas.