@yave1964 the problem with the Wild is they want every line to be balanced. For the past 5 years the younger players have out-scored the 'favored vets' by a landslide when you compare their lopsided ice time. In those same 5 years you have their core veterans saying the younger players need to "step up" by they themselves are pretty much off the score sheets. They score, sure, but they're on the ice twice as much. Up until last year you hardly if ever saw Zucker or Nino on the PP. Instead as I've coined the phrase 'the best penalty killer on the ice for a Wild power play is Mikko Koivu." Then add any of the other vets in recent years and you have a bunch of ice time hogs completely impressed with themselves skating around not being challenged, and forgetting to take a damn shot on net closer than 25 feet out. There's no drives on net, no aggression, no one clogging the middle... Too afraid is my guess.
In recent years the 'core leaders' of the club would dilly-dally around and burn about 1:30-1:40 off the clock during a 2:00 minute PP and with 20 to 30 seconds left on the clock they'd send out the 2nd PP crew and some real havoc would be made. Crap like that makes our eyes bleed yet they continued that trend for much of Yeo's coaching stint here. Last year was a little better but not much. The minute Staal-Zucker-Nino get into form on the PP they blow it up and step on their own throats.
MANY Wild fans who just came here do believe there's players behind most the personnel decisions and through 3 head coaches now the same old crap like that is still happening.
I firmly believe we've made such a stink about it they decided to shut down their message board as a result. One can say we're angry fans but mostly we're a hell of a lot wiser than most and they know it.
Way too soon to tell that. Right now Fenton is probably quickly evaluating the assets he has. I don't think we'll see anything really jaw dropping. If we deal one or more of #16, #22 or #3 it would be a surprise to me. Cutting Koivu's hamstring...while I'd be ok with that...the still far too large cap hit would remain; although it might let you put him on LTIR, but the problem is we'll probably need to save that for Parise or Suter if they're not ready to go at the start of the season. Ennis might be a buyout...but that won't really change the culture of this team one bit. New captain? Meh, while I'd welcome it...its mostly a superficial title on this club anyways.
If I was GM...I'd sell off everything I could. Its flawed and its only going to get worse, not better.
rebuild, rebuild, rebuild... blow up the roster Fenton. It will be painful for a few years (used to that anyways) but outcome/payoff later is worth the wait granted I can not handle 18 more years but 3 or 5 is possible.
1. Completely overhaul the scouting and drafting department. It might have to wait until after this draft but I feel like this is the #1 thing that needs to be done for this team to be successful in the future.
2. Contact GMs from every single team asking what they need or want prior to the draft. If you can get a late round draft pick or raw young prospect for Iowa in exchange for a guy like Ennis or Foligno.. do it. It beats buying Ennis out(like people have mentioned) and still frees up roster spots and cap space.
3. Do not rush prospects to the main roster.. and do not trade them off before you know what you have! Iowa should be a feeder system for the Wild.. not for other teams when the GM decides to trade off a prospect just for them to thrive wherever they end up.
4. Take the route Fletcher didn't.. get into contact and build a strong relationship with Kaprizov and his agent so he actually wants to come over here and play when he's out of his current contractual obligations.
5. Using the Prince goal song was absolutely awesome after his passing imo but I think it should have just lasted for a year as a tribute to one of our own. I'd pick a new song.. and when I say new I mean completely new to the NHL. Don't go back to "crowd chant" and don't share a goal song with another team.
6. Come in as a GM and not as their friend.. let the team know if they aren't showing maximum effort on the ice their ice time will be cut.. Reputation, personal relationship with the owner or gm, contract, veteran status all of that aside.. if you aren't giving your all on the ice you can and will be sat in the press box or replaced.
7. and this one is for Rotty.. if its something "in the water"... FILTER THE F'N WATER.
edit: 8. Find some guys who aren't afraid to stick up for their teammates.. please.
Tough to say. He has gotten them over 100 points the last two seasons, including last seasons injury fest. No other coach has gotten them to achieve two 100+ point seasons in their careers. Not Lemaire, not Richards and not Yeo.
I just think the mentality and make up of this team is not conducive for Playoff success. They refuse to take the body, content to poke check at opposing teams. When pucks go into the corners, rarely do they follow it and battle for it. They are content to take shots from the perimeter rather than crashing the net and getting ugly goals. The defense continuously lets opposing teams set up in front of Dubnyk without opposition.
They are a "nice" team, that very easily can have a good season. And if that is the goal, to have a good season, then Mission Accomplished. But Playoff success? I think not. To me they just don't have that arrogant, tough, swagger or that killer instinct that most Playoff teams exhibit.