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Wild fans speak, about 2011-12 season and many other topics...

Wild fans speak about the 2011-12 season, the players and the team's future: Part 1 of 2

Written by Derek Felska | 26 April 2012

For Wild fans, all they have to do is to tune into the NBC Sports Network each evening to be reminded this season was yet another failure to make the post-season. 4 seasons have past since the Wild last made the Stanley Cup playoffs. In that time there has been 3 different coaches; with the last year of Jacques Lemaire's tenure and two more under Todd Richards and now one year under the belt of Mike Yeo there has been 4 years of mediocrity where at times the Wild flirted with the idea of playoffs only to come up short. Needless to say, in the State of Hockey and with attendance at the Xcel Energy Center no longer a guaranteed sellout as it used to be, the pressure is on. Perhaps no person is feeling the 'heat' more than Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher. Even though he may have recently been given a 1-year contract extension (giving him two years left on his current deal) I think its safe to say he realizes he needs to start having his club showing some more tangible results. While there is the ever popular notion the Wild prospect pool is brimming with talent at virtually all positions it still could be years before those young players are all contributing to this team. The experts have chimed in, Wild owner Craig Leipold shared his thoughts to the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Michael Russo here. But what do Minnesota Wild fans think? Are they buying what the organization is selling? Are they under the belief this franchise is on the verge of turning it around or do they feel they're following a club that is circling the drain?

So I asked four Wild fans a series of questions about their assessment of the 2011-12 season as well as the current direction of the franchise. Brian Mills, a classmate and Minnesota hockey fanatic like myself. One of these fans are message board regular KISSArmyMan who you may remember chimed in with his two cents about the Wild's performance at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft last summer. Our other two respondents are regulars of the Wild portion of the Hockey's Future message boards. Jarick, a former regular who along with a few other fans has their own blog called, and Se7en a California-based Wild fan. I asked each of these fans 8 questions on a variety of Wild related subjects. So would these fans see things the way Homer Simpson does as they predict the end is near? What sort of end is it? The end of hope or the end of mediocrity?

Management is a big part of success. The Hockey News even noted this in a recent issue where they continue to gush about Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland and Assistant GM Jim Nill. So what do Wild fans think of this club's upper management? This is the first portion of a two-part article where the fans give their thoughts about the Wild and its prospects for the future. But let's take it a step farther. What do YOU think? Share your responses in the comment section below. Do you agree with these Wild fans? (click on the link for the rest of the article)

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