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"Tanking" and the Wild's Future


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Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:38 PM

There’s been lots of talk lately about the Wild finally winning games and thus, potentially, ruining its draft position after such a disappointing season.
Hey, I get it. If you’ve read me for years, I’ve always contended that one of the Wild’s biggest problems throughout its history is the fact it’s always just good enough to get the 10th pick or the 12th or whatever. If you’re going to miss the playoffs, you might as well get a real, legit, bona fide consolation prize for it.
I talked to coach Mike Yeo about that yesterday. Yeo finds himself in the awkward position of defending the Wild … winning games lately.
You can read that story here.

My random thoughts in reaction to a couple things that have been tweeted or emailed to me by readers:


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Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:38 PM

I know this much, the Wilds issues are not due to the coach, they have addressed that often enough to figure that much out I think.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:50 PM

They were atop of the league earlier in the year... what went wrong?
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:58 PM

Reality got in the way.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:05 PM

Eh it was injuries more than the team being poor. By no means are they are elite but St. Louis found a way to win and the talent level is similar.
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:30 AM

Oh man, the injury part I would agree with, but talent wise I like the Blues pieces better then the Wilds at this point.
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:23 PM

Eh it was injuries more than the team being poor. By no means are they are elite but St. Louis found a way to win and the talent level is similar.


While injuries did play a major factor, we forget that the Wild had issues with scoring, even whwne they went on their amazing run early in the season. I remember many local media guys warniing fans that goaltending will only keep the team in the playoff hunt for a short time. They had to start scoring. That was with a relatively healthy line-up.

I also think that trading Schultz at then end of the season was the nail in the Wild's coffin. Yeo can't be blamed and he shouldn't be.

On a side note and I hope it's allowed, I argued a similar issue about tanking the season on my blog. It's on my Face-Off page.

Note to Mods: I put in a request to the moderator a couple days ago, asking if I could reference the link above but didn't hear back. If this is against the rules, please forgive me and I will remove it right away.

This point has been edited by Selanne: 05 April 2012 - 05:07 PM

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:38 PM

Actually while Schultz was an emotional blow for sure to the Wild, Tom Gilbert has been steadily improving and the last three games has been frankly a damn good dman who can move the puck up the ice. This will be a good trade in the end for the Wild.
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