The NHL schedule cannot be released until the players ratify the new collective bargaining agreement Saturday, but the Wild is expected to open at home Jan. 19 against the Colorado Avalanche.
The original schedule had the Wild slated to open at Colorado before team officials petitioned the league to reconsider because Jan. 19 is Hockey Day Minnesota.
The Wild's 48-game schedule is expected to start with a three-game homestand. After the opener, the Wild will play the Dallas Stars on Jan. 20 before Ryan Suter will get to play his former team, the Nashville Predators, on Jan. 22.
"We feel very badly for the fans," Wild owner Craig Leipold said Thursday.
Indicating that the Wild is preparing to unveil a number of incentives and perks to fans, Leipold added, "We're going to show in the next week how we feel about it and the statement that we want to make to our fans. They'll know how we feel."
Man I will miss those two! Great players from a time when the Wild had a team worth watching. Brunette went through quite a few lean years, but man when Rolston was scoring goals we had an exciting group with Gabby, Butch, and Demitra
Its nice to hear how Rolston loved playing in front of the fans at the X. I hope when that place gets rocking this year Parise and Suter see what they have been missing playing in those mickey mouse franchises hahaha out east. This is the state of hockey
Wednesday night at 7, I am hearing the Wild is looking to hold a scrimmage at the X. It would be open to the public.
But here is the really cool thing. There is a chance it will be televised on Fox Sports North with a pregame show. Obviously, going through the cost of broadcasting an intrasquad scrimmage is pretty unique, so we will see. But all signs point toward a 7 p.m. scrimmage.
Still some moving parts here, so stay tuned.
Most interesting will be if the Wild expands its camp roster for the game by bringing up the Houston Aeros (a lot of teams are bringing in their minor-league teams for a scrimmage) or at least a handful of the top prospects to get a good size for the scrimmage.
Training camp details will be released by the team soon.