NHL: The Minnesota Wild Will Miss the Playoffs in 2019-20
The NHL season is just a couple of months away from starting. We are coming off a first-time winner in the St. Louis Blues. The Blues were a team that many knew where in last place in January only to turn it all around. During the playoffs, most of the top seeds were knocked out during the first two rounds. One of the teams that have been a good team and has been in the playoffs before is the Minnesota Wild. Now, the question is can the Minnesota Wild get back to the NHL playoffs. Here is my answer to that question and it is “No”.
The Wild just recently fired their general manager Paul Fenton. Fenton obtained the job on May 21, 2018. He was the assistant general manager of the Nashville Predators. During the position, he was the general manager of the AHL affiliate Milwaukee Admirals. Coming into Fenton tenure the Wild had made the playoffs 4 years in a row. Therefore, many fans thought this would be a fifth-year going to the playoffs. Instead, the Wild finished the season 37-36-9. That was only was a total of 83 points. They had not that few of points since they had 87. That happened in the 2015-16 season. The Wild lost in the first round to the Dallas Stars.
However, the roster does not look good on paper. They recently signed Mats Zuccarello to a 5yrs 30-million-dollar deal. Many believe that this signing will come back and bite them in the butt. He only played in just 2 games. Zuccarello had 1 goal and 2 assists. He did play in 13 of Stars playoffs games. Zuccarello had 4 goals and 7 assists. Many say that doesn’t stack up to making 6 million a year. He will be leaned of to be a big player for the Wild 2019-20. I am not saying he can’t take on that role, but it will be a lot. The Wild have a tall mountain to climb.
On top of that, the Central division in the West has gotten stronger. This, of course, is where the defending champs call home. The rest of the teams the Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche and Chicago Blackhawks all have gotten better. The Predators and Jets have been solid teams for a long time. The Wild will have to find a way to rise and beat these teams that are better than them.
Now the Wild have Tom Kurvers as the interim general manager. He now has the pressure of putting the Wild back in the playoffs. Kurvers may have the job but for how long? We will have to wait and see. Nevertheless, the deck is currently stacked against the Wild. With all this stuff going on, in my opinion, they will miss the playoffs. There is too much for them to overcome at this time. In fact, the teams in their division are all better and maybe just like in 2018, there will be a surprise like the Blues.
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