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It’s Minnesota Wild day on PHT

Aug 7, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Zach Parise, Ryan Suter Getty Images

Welcome to our offseason initiative — 30 teams in 30 days.

From July 16 until Aug. 14, we’ll be dedicating each day to a new team by recapping the offseason and looking ahead to 2012-13.

There will also be a series of posts looking at key stories, player profiles and burning questions regarding each squad.

Today we continue with the Minnesota Wild.

In 2011-12, they missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year and, with just 81 points in 82 games, posted their worst record since the 2001-02 campaign. The timing seemed right to shake things up and they did just that.

The Wild are arguably the most improved team in the NHL after signing superstars Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to matching 13-year, $98 million contracts.

As if that wasn’t enough, top-tier prospect Mikael Granlund might be ready to not only join the team, but serve as a top-six forward in his rookie season.

There’s certainly a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding the Wild going into the 2012-13 campaign. The odds of them winning the Stanley Cup have vastly improved and the signings resulted in a jump in season ticket sales.

But is all this optimism warranted? Are the additions of Suter, Parise, and Granlund enough to immediately transform the Minnesota Wild from a bottom of the conference team to a legitimate Cup contender?

Stay tuned for our extended coverage of the Wild.

  1. minnesotasbandwagon - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    a jump in season tickets has also made my username and necessary part of this thread

  2. lordfletcher - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    The Wild will make the playoffs this year, as for seeding… who knows, anywhere from 3-8 is a possibility. All I know is that it is beyond refreshing to have our team in MN be relavant again but now its time to prove it on the ice. Go Wild – In Fletcher we Trust

    • martysbetter - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      We’ll see how the Wild do once Yeo has Ryan Suter taking naps at the blue line and keeps Parise outside his 6 inch shot range in front of the net.

      • lordfletcher - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        SWEET STORY BRAH’

        GTL homie

      • martysbetter - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        Go jump in a lake.

  3. 950003cups - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Praise isn’t much of a performer as soon as April rolls around. But I’ll be curious to see how the Wild play the first 2 months under Yao, and then the guy who replaces him for the remainder. There’s a small chance that Yao’s system will be able to incorporate Parise and Suter. Praise is more accustomed to coaching carousels as Suter is not. This could turn out to be great signings or disasters. At $200,000,000 there won’t be room for it to be “decent signings but needs a tweak”

  4. ad0330 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    It’s Yeo not Yao, he is not Asian

  5. greatminnesotasportsmind - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    I love how Suter and Parise ex team fans keep hating on them. Funny, had they stayed with their teams, they would have been the best players in hockey.

    • martysbetter - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      I’ve never once thought Zach Parise was the best player in hockey, or even on the team. Sorry bro!

      There have been many many players who have won more with the Devils in their careers than Zach Parise.

      • slickvb82 - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        Both teams publicly stated their top priority this off season was to keep these guys, even Brodeur said he was their backbone and a must re-sign. Clearly the fans (and their extensive hockey knowledge) of these teams are bitter about them leaving and feel as though they are justified to bash.

        Bottom line, just give it up, no one in MN or any other hockey town cares to hear it anymore.

      • martysbetter - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        Take your own advice, no one cares to hear about how a bunch of lake-jumpers think their hockey team is a gift from God now that they’ve signed two players who have never won anything in their careers.

      • slickvb82 - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        lake-jumpers huh…haha

        I can guarantee no one in MN thinks our team is a “gift from god.” Can you understand the fact that we are passionate and excited?? We signed to two top free agents this off season, what teams fans wouldn’t be excited.

        My last and final thought, if you dont care to hear MN fans talk about their additions, then let me teach you a little something. DONT CLICK ON THE LINK AND READ THE ARTICLE!

      • lordfletcher - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:23 PM

        I wonder who keeps giving ‘martysbetter’ the lone thumbs up.

        Oh yeah, the kid needs to make himself feel better by clicking it himself.

        Poor little guy :'(

      • barkar942 - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        “We signed to two top free agents this off season, what teams fans wouldn’t be excited.”
        Does anyone remember a few years ago when a certain team signed the top two coveted free agents? Does Drury and Gomez ring a bell? Just how well did that work out?
        Personally, I think the Rangers have won the off-season improvement battle. Out with three bottom tier players- bring in one of the better power forwards in the league, lose Prust, who stood up for his teammates, but spent most of the time playing with hurt hands, gain Halpern who is a good faceoff man, and bring in Kreider full time and hopefully a return of Michael Sauer.
        Minnesota landed the two biggest fish, but they still have to share the pond with the rest of the remaining fish. The remaining fish in the Ranger’s pond are more ready to improve.
        Should be fun to see how it all plays out for the Wild and the Rangers.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        I’m pretty sure Olympic medals are winning something. As far as everyone saying Suter needs Weber to succeed, I’d go back and watch the Olympic games again. Suter is the defenseman who stood out, with Weber playing on Canada.

      • martysbetter - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:14 PM

        I guess I would count Olympic silver as winning if I were a fan of a team who has never been in the same building as the Stanley Cup – I guess that means losing in the Stanley Cup finals is winning too?

        Man there must be something in the water up there because you lake-jumpers sure have some ass-backwards logic.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:28 PM

        Maybe I forgot but an Olympic medal is worth something. Did your Devils receive something for losing the Cup? Did I miss something? A medal is a medal.

      • martysbetter - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:58 PM

        Oh that’s right, you wouldn’t know this – but when your team wins their conference they get a trophy.

        They’re about as worthless as an Olympic silver medal, but I guess when your team never wins anything you gotta take what you can get.

  6. ron05342 - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    I don’t know, their dive last year after actually being in 1st place in the NHL two months into the season was historic. I know injuries played a part, but check out their record to December 10 (20-7-2), then after that date they went a stunning 15-29-9.

    I don’t know if adding Parise and Suter gets them into the playoffs. Not in the highly-competitive Western Conference.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      Don’t tell Wild fans that, they’re under the impression 2 players make the team like in the NBA, in reality the supporting cast around those two isn’t very deep or good. They finished 14 points out of the playoffs and 30 points out of first place in the division, will two good players make up that gap? I’m not so sure.

      • spiciercheez - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM

        you clearly no nothing about the Wild….

  7. norseman81 - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    The Wild’s success hinges on how quickly Granlund and Seto can take pressure off the top line. The strength of the team is our Third Line.

  8. treydogg97 - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Fletch said, and I think it’s quite apparent to MNWild fans, that spots won’t just be given anymore with the depth we have. I’d say this ought to put a guy like Setoguchi on notice. Not saying he’s not gonna make the team, but we gotta see more consistency out of him. Otherwise we have Mark Parrish all over again.

  9. purpleguy - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    I figured some of the same grumpy losers would trash the Wild, but they are right about one thing — the Wild haven’t done anything yet. However, they are trying, and largely succeeding in those efforts to improve the team, while others, including the grumpsters’ teams, haven’t improved.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      They haven’t played a single game yet, no one knows for sure if the team’s better or not, and that’s not just for the Wild that’s for all 30 teams. I would also point out the teams that “win” the offseason with big flashy signings aren’t generally the teams that win the Stanley Cup.

  10. noahbhs11 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    How about all of you just wait to see what happens in the next season that they play… What’s done is done…

  11. noahbhs11 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    How about you guys just wait to see what happens the next season they play….what’s done is done…

  12. noahbhs11 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Sorry didn’t mean to post it twice

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