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Billy Mays Here 05-10-2012 05:24 PM

TSN Off-Season Game Plan for Wild
 
If the mods move this article into an already existing thread I understand but it's a pretty lengthy article and it goes relatively in-depth about the Wild so I thought it deserves its own thread.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=395595

GopherState 05-10-2012 05:34 PM

I was going to post this article so figure it might as well be its own thread.

Think Cullen hit the nail on the head with defense and maybe prospects. Other than that, it's fairly pessimistic although Minnesota really doesn't have much built up goodwill.

Billy Mays Here 05-10-2012 05:54 PM

Thought it was a good read. Nice to see an article written about the Wild without any spelling mistakes or wrong player names for once.

squidz* 05-10-2012 06:22 PM

I liked looking at his projected lineup for next season:

Link

CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR ROSTER
My Custom Lineup
FORWARDS
Mikael Granlund ($3.500m) / Mikko Koivu ($6.750m) / Dany Heatley ($7.500m)
Pierre-Marc Bouchard ($4.080m) / Kyle Brodziak ($2.833m) / Devin Setoguchi ($3.000m)
Guillaume Latendresse ($2.600m) / Matt Cullen ($3.500m) / Cal Clutterbuck ($1.400m)
Daniel Paille ($1.250m) / Darroll Powe ($1.067m) / Nick Johnson ($0.650m)
Matt Kassian ($0.550m) /
DEFENSEMEN
Tom Gilbert ($4.000m) / Marco Scandella ($0.846m)
Jared Spurgeon ($0.527m) / Clayton Stoner ($1.050m)
Steven Kampfer ($0.850m) / Jonas Brodin ($1.475m)
Nate Prosser ($0.825m) / Justin Falk ($0.700m)
GOALTENDERS
Niklas Backstrom ($6.000m)
Matthew Hackett ($0.900m)
BUYOUTS
Mark Parrish ($0.928m) / Cam Barker ($0.542m)
------
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $57,321,944; BONUSES: $1,030,000
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $6,978,056

Hopefully we can get someone better than Paille to fill out our roster though. With the cap presumably going up to $69MM, we'd be sitting just $4MM over the floor.

bozak911 05-10-2012 06:25 PM

his fourth line would give me an aneurysm...

Billy Mays Here 05-10-2012 07:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bozak911 (Post 49553195)
his fourth line would give me an aneurysm...

Why? That's pretty close to what our 4th line probably will look like. Just maybe have Paille/FA signing and Kassian switch every couple games or so.

ShutDownDefense 05-10-2012 07:43 PM

I agree with his assessment.

Who knows what Bouch or Lats will be like in the fall. We need a top line forward, two top pairing or at least second pairing defense. We can't go into this season with this patchwork defense again.

But don't trade our prospects. I want the depth and to grow from within once our older guys start leaving/retiring when their contracts expire. There's just too much potential in these guys to throw them away at a single person for a trade.

OpRedDawn* 05-11-2012 12:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WILDhockeyfan (Post 49552319)
Thought it was a good read. Nice to see an article written about the Wild without any spelling mistakes or wrong player names for once.

I assume you meant player names. But, they messed up

"Even though Brett Bulmer was a second-round pick in 2010, it was a surprise that the stuck with the Wild out of training camp last season,"

:D

llamapalooza 05-11-2012 12:17 AM

What is Latendresse doing as a third-liner? That role doesn't make sense for him. Also I'm not sure we can pencil PMB in...it sounds like Latendresse is much farther along in his recovery.

I'm guessing Lats gets PMB's spot on that projected lineup, and that third line winger slot will be up for competition from Zucker, Larsson, Coyle, Phillips, and Bulmer.

HamiltonOHL 05-11-2012 07:30 PM

since this is a off-season thread i thought i would post this in here... here is wilds reserve list NHL players at the top and ahl players at the bottom...

http://capgeek.com/charts.php?Team=18

which players could u see NHL or AHL not returning?

UFA NHL: Christensen (we get a 7th in 2013 if not resigned), Ortmeyer, Peters, veilleux, kassian, foster, lundin, harding

NHL RFAs: Latty, Johnson, Genoway, falk, fredheim

AHL UFAs: Taffe, DiSalvatore, Penner

AHL RFAs: McIntrye, Palmieri, Palmer, Ednras, Almond, McMillan, Rau


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