Minnesota Wild: Getting wild for the 2017-18 season
Before the Nashville Predators had great success last season, it was the Minnesota Wild who was in a heated battle with the Dallas Stars and the St. Louis Blues for the Central Division crown a season before. If one was to look at the team this year, the personnel hasn’t changed much.
Jason Zucker, Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise are back. Along with these names, players from last year are also back. And, honestly, that could end up well for the Minnesota Wild. Due to the success, the Wild had and the records set, the Wild didn’t really need to change much at all. With the record-setting performance (49 Wins, 106 points), the Wild may not want to change anything at all.
With that being said, here are the names the Wild brought in:
Matt Cullen: Signed a one-year contract in free agency period.
Tyler Ennis: Traded from Buffalo in Jason Pominville trade.
Marcus Foligno: Traded from Buffalo in Jason Pominville trade.
Ryan Murphy: Signed a one-year, two-way contract during the free agency period.
Kyle Quincey: Signed a one-year contract during the free agency period.
With the key additions, some players must depart to begin new chapters. Unfortunately, a team cannot possibly keep every possible player. Players will be traded or released depending on performance. In some cases, it helps the team, and in others, it implodes the team (though rare). Here are the names of players who departed Minnesota.
Marco Scandella: Traded to Buffalo in Pominville trade.
Jason Pominville: Traded to Buffalo for Tyler Ennis & Marcus Foligno.
Martin Hanzal: Signed with Dallas Stars.
Eric Haula: Drafted by the Vegas Golden Knights.
Christian Folin: Signed with the LA Kings.
Darcy Keumper: Signed with the LA Kings.
Sure, the Wild may be short a few players from last season, but teams find out what they can handle when the “big names” are missing. The Wild have a load of talent. Even in the minor leagues, there are forwards that are ready to come out firing.
Defense though is a whole different animal. With the players mentioned above finding new homes, the replacement players should bring their “A Game”. Especially the ones called upon to fill the gap left by Scandella’s departure.