In a very disappointing fashion, the Minnesota Wild was eliminated from the playoffs over the weekend by the St. Louis Blues, but while the Wild’s season is over, Hockey Wilderness’ coverage of the team is not. We’ll dissect the Wild’s loss against the Blues further and help you prepare for the Expansion Draft as it looms ever closer.
Eric Staal has been diagnosed with a concussion after a brutal crash into the boards Saturday night.
Mikael Granlund has been nominated as a Lady Byng Trophy finalist having only taken 12 penalty minutes this season.
The Expansion Draft and Free Agency are the primary events on the Wild’s calendar this offseason, but a trade or two isn’t inconceivable before the NHL Entry Draft.
It seems that Bruce Boudreau would like a new Top 4 blueliner this offseason, and the team may have to trade one of their younger forwards to get one.
Tending the Fields
The US beat Finland to win gold at the the 2017 U-18 World Championships.
Off the Trail
With the Wild’s season over, it’s time to start looking at which free agents are available and if any are worth signing this July.
Despite Price being one of the best goaltenders in the league over the past few seasons, many Habs fans would like to have seen the last of Carey Price.
The Wild weren’t the only team this year to be eliminated by a former head coach.
The Kings have promoted John Steves from an associate coach to be their next head coach.
While not incredibly likely, both Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau could leave the Sharks in free agency this summer.
What is Old is New Again
Like Spurgeon before him, Oscar Klefbom should have been nominated for as a Lady Byng finalist this year.