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07-07-2012, 09:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Fel 96 View Post
Most likely Granlund.
Purely speculation on my part here...but I would think the Wild will want to win, badly, in the first few years.

They HAVE to win a cup to make those signings worthwhile, and if they can win one early they can breathe easily the rest of the time, playing on the houses money so to speak.

So that being said, are they really comfortable with Granlund as their 2 pivot for the next 3-5 years? He sure looks like he's got a great chance to be a fantastic player, but the Europe to North American transition is very substantial and he's quite young, and I would imagine probably not that built as of yet. I can't recall what he looks like though so that could be wrong, very rarely do you see players that young wtih the build needed to succeed in the NHL.

I don't see how the possibility of having a Koivu/Plekanec/Granlund 3 center combo isn't something the Wild would be greatly interested in. And replacing Plekanec with either Bouchard or Cullen isn't that appealing either.

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