Finnish star starts a new Wild era

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 24, 2012 - 8:16 AM

The much-anticipated signing of elite forward Mikael Granlund represents the beginning of a youthful transformation -- and fresh hope.

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wildforlifeMay. 23, 12 9:35 PM

I'd rather he play 2nd line center instead of 1st line wing with Koivu. That way we won't have to endure another season of Cullen centering the 2nd line.

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minneg56May. 24, 12 6:49 AM

It's mentioned that the fans were worried? I'd think it would be Granlund who'd be worried signing with perennial loser and excuse maker MN Wild! I don't know if NHL Network analyst Johnson is Canadian... but he sure sounds like it! With respect to all my Canukian buddies, they just can't accept that decent players come from anywhere but the Great White North! We won't know much of anything about Granlund for 3-4 years of NHL play ... if he makes it that long in the 'majors' (ref. Nishiok' with Twins). Good luck to Granlund! Wild needs a face of the franchise type player ... one which even opposing fans would pay to see.

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joe12packMay. 24, 12 9:42 AM

That Sidcast was the funnies thing I've seen in a long time. Looks like Chris Miller drew the short straw.

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mike2636May. 24, 12 9:44 AM

yet another "new era" in the lame history of a lame hockey team.

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Romaus518May. 24, 1210:44 AM

The thing that will probably help Granlund the most is that he was playing against men in Finland, not junior aged kids. Good luck and welcome to Minnesota.

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goalieguruMay. 24, 1212:15 PM

LOL!!! He hasn't donned an NHL jersey yet and everyone thinks they have this kid figured out. It all has to start somewhere and this is positive news folks! Compare it to the past where we had to read about Gaborik leaving, Demitra & Rolston - same thing. Boogaard's death. The team has a short list of young players that are doing well in their respective amateur leagues. At least give them until the horn blows after their first game before you call for their release!! None of you are being paid to GM this team and there is a reason for that.............You don't know as much as the ones that are being paid to make those decisions. So relax and enjoy the positive news!!

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deepbreathMay. 24, 12 1:46 PM

Simply giddy. Even if the majority of the rookies start the season in Houston, it will be infinately better to call up players like Philips, Zucker, Bulmer, Larsson, etc, etc when the injuries happen, than have to endure watching the likes of Peters, McMilliam, Taffe, Ortmeyer, McIntyre, Rau, Veilleux, Palmer, Almond, DiSalvatore and Foucault.

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wdntyouknwMay. 24, 12 2:06 PM

I'm looking forward to seeing how Granlund develops of the next couple years. It'll be a good thing for the Wild to have another top-six capable forward on the roster. But I'm not pinning my hopes on the Wild's future on one player. It's the whole pool of prospects phasing in over the next few years that makes me excited. Prove me wrong, but Granlund is no Duchene, Nugent-Hopkins, or Taveres--and their teams aren't making the playoffs either; Granlund is certainly no Crosby or Ovechkin. He can't carry our team, but he can come in and contribute. So that's all I ask of him. Well, that and an occasional highlight shootout goal or threading-the-needle pass to Heatley for a one-timer! Let's go Wild! Future looks bright.

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clintobp10May. 24, 12 2:28 PM

It will definitley be interesting. The hope would be that these young guys will be able to bring this team - whoever ends up on it - up to the level of play that the rest of the top 8 teams in the league are playing at. It will take some time but, what-the-heck, we've already been waiting about 20 years for an NHL playoff contender - not a one-and-done team either. I think these guys will bring that level. Should be fun to watch them on FSN with Frank Mazzocco....what's that? He's not doing the games??!! Still got the "mute" button......

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jabuyerMay. 24, 12 2:51 PM

No 9 Draft Pick. Koivu, whom many of you spent the last season dissing, was no. 6. Now who says this guy is the answer to our Stanley cup dreams?

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