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After making big summer splash, all is quiet in Minnesota

Aug 4, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

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After the Minnesota Wild stole the summer by signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to identical contracts on July 4, they’re taking a load off.

Michael Russo of The Star-Tribune caught up with Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and finds out all is quiet in St. Paul as they’re taking things easy while the NHL and NHLPA hash things out with a new CBA.

“Just let things play out. Let’s just see where we’re at before we start making moves. We’re deeper on defense, and up front, our depth is exceptional. We’re as deep as any team in the league up front. And we have really good depth in goal.”

Russo mentions how close the Wild are to the 50 contract limit and that smaller trades of players for draft picks might come later on, but aside from that, they’re not looking at doing anything else.

Yup, it’s been that kind of summer but after scoring the two biggest free agents of the summer, taking a bit of a break is more than allowed.

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    I’d start looking at a replacement for Yeo. If the Wild fails to make the playoffs again, I can see Leipold either give Fletcher the chance to hire an experienced head coach or he will find someone who will. Definately plenty of pressure this year for Fletcher/Yeo

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      Who would Wild fans like to see as possible replacements? Do you think they’d go with a run and gun type coach or would they look to return to that Lemaire type defensive system?

    • getadealdonealready - Aug 4, 2012 at 5:59 PM

      Ummm, even if Yeo weren’t successful no organization would start looking at replacements at this time. I like a lot about him, and we will see how he handles having a team with Legit NHL talent.

  2. mikeincmn - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I hope they wouldn’t fire Fletcher, guy has done a great job rebuilding the franchise.

    Yeo, I could go either way on. I think he can be a very good coach, but he also seemed to mishandle a few of the vets last year and just seemed to grind on some guys too much.

  3. vindicatus - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    It’s quiet and will continue to be that way as Captain Invisible will continue to fail to live up to the heavy expectations placed on him. Have fun being frustrated with him, Wild fans. Enjoy the honeymoon while it lasts.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 5, 2012 at 12:58 AM

      LOOOOOOLOLOLOLOLOLOL. LOL. lol…lawl. lol? LOOOOOOOLOLOLOLLLLLOLOL. And, um, lol. Lil’ bit o’ lmao. Throw in some lmfao. And a bit more…LOOOOOOOOOOOLOLOLOLOLLL.

  4. rgledz - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Wow Vindacatus, still chewing on sour grapes?? You must be pretty sick of that by now.

  5. rebekah319 - Aug 4, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Seriously stop with the Mikko Koivu bashing! It gets really old and not fun anymore! A captain does not make up a whole team and he is one of the best players that I have grown to watch ever since we drafted him here. Heart and soul of the team! So back off! If you can do better go ahead! But just because he is not putting in pucks and getting huge numbers does not mean he is not doing his job! So annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 5, 2012 at 1:03 AM

      Get used to it Bekster. Nu Joyzee fans are hurtin a bit. It’ll just get worse once Brodeur finally peters out and Hedberg has to take the reins while he’s holding on to his walker.

      • getadealdonealready - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:17 PM

        rebekah, I don’t think they were referring to Mikko, I my guess is it’s an pouting Jersey or Nashville fan.

  6. mnskolvikes - Aug 4, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Why so down on Yeo. It’s been one year you morons. I hate when people jump the gun. Yeo. Ponder. Derrick Williams. Stop!! Let them go one more year..The only guy to get rid of NOW is Obama!

    • ron05342 - Aug 5, 2012 at 3:58 AM

      Obama plays on the Wild?

      I don’t know of any Obama on that team. Did he get sent down?

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Aug 5, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      Go back and read any Wild/Yeo post and you’ll see that I actually like the guy. The FACT the Wild owner Craig Leipold seems to have a short temper about losing and the FACT he just spent 196 million on 2 guys suggests to me that the Wild better make the playoffs or there will be changes at the top.

      I’ve been a Ponder guy as well. Every rookie, okay the majority of rookie QBs struggle their rookie year. On top of that, Ponder didn’t have an off season program at all showed he was alright at times, shows he can play in this league. I still think he’s gonna be an above average quarterback.

      Derrick Williams, you don’t have to worry about anymore since him and Ridnour have been allegedly traded to Cleveland for Anderson Varejao

  7. mnskolvikes - Aug 5, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    He plays for the Vikings.

  8. getadealdonealready - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    The reason it’s so quiet is because everyone is holding their breathe and hoping there is a season this year. It would suck to have all this excitement then never see the team step on the ice!

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