I received a few questions about the Minnesota Wild through Twitter, Facebook and email. I will answer those questions in this article.
What happened to the Wild? They were the best team in the league a couple months ago and now one of the worst.
The Wild have been the worst team in the NHL since early December. There is a reason for it.
The Wild can’t score. There are three reasons why.
The Wild forwards don’t go to the net and make the opposing goaltender uncomfortable. Going to the net can throw a goaltender off his game. Playing on the perimeter allows the goaltender to set up as he wants and allows the defenders to keep the area clean. Goaltenders that can see the puck the whole way stop almost every shot.
The shots taken by the defensemen are either blocked or do not leave good rebound opportunities. The shots taken by the forwards either miss the net or do not leave rebound opportunities.
Why aren’t the defensemen scoring? Is that why the whole team can’t score?
How much longer do we have to listen to the Marek Zidlicky drama?
Until a few days after he is traded and every time he plays against the Wild for a season or two.
Now that Kyle Brodziak is re-signed, who is next?
I expect the next player the Wild sign is Charlie Coyle. He is currently playing with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
His signing is not as urgent as Mikael Granlund, but the Finnish star cannot be signed until after March 1; unless Finland names him to its World Championship, which means the Wild will sign after the tournament in late May.
As far as players on the roster, I would guess defenseman Clayton Stoner would be the only unrestricted free agent the Wild will try to re-sign prior to July 1.