Wild Insider: Roster changes provide opportunity for younger players

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 6, 2013 - 11:21 PM

With the departure of several veterans, now is the time for many of the Wild’s younger players.

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rodeoguyJul. 6, 13 9:30 PM

Sometimes it appears Fletcher is making moves for the sake of making moves but this is a very smart g.m. who is positioning the team for a strong run at the cup in two years.I was mad at his last few moves initially but I was wrong.Go Wild

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bhrnew1lJul. 6, 1311:02 PM

Just give me a good team, instead of I need this guy only if we had this guy, we don't have enough talent. Last I checked, seems like every year ordinary teams like Boston are having success getting to the cup with far less of what we call talented star power type players. Fletchers job is very safe I think, the only way that changes is if Uncle Leo sells the team, DR knows about selling teams and new owners

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hodgie999Jul. 6, 1311:13 PM

Is it just me or does anyone care about this stuff?? It's middle of July and the Star Tribune should be focusing on the 3 main sports - football, baseball, and basketball. o

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drool1Jul. 6, 1311:58 PM

after digesting fletcher's moves over the last couple days, they don't seem all that terrible. granlund and coyle don't look like they're ready to be center icemen. not being able to buyout heatley left fletcher in an awkward position. i guess he's trying to make the best of being dealt a not so good hand this year. i'm afraid wild fans are gonna have to put up with some degree of frustration for another year.

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gumpworsleyJul. 7, 1312:06 AM

The COOK deal could actually be a good one. he scores 15 plus, he hits, he's a magnet for being a pain in the ass, but it is something the wild needed to give that burst of energy. But, he will need one of our tough guys to protect him, which means that the wild will keep knopka.the question is, who of the young kids who now have a great shot will really stand out and kick butt.

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mjk121882Jul. 7, 13 4:04 AM

Another great job by Russo, well articulated article, one of my favorite beat writers in any sport. Russo hit the nail on the head, this team is a year or two away. Young core needs to develop for this team to have a chance at a long playoff run. I like what Fletcher did by shedding the dead weight of Gilbert, Seto, Falk. I don't mind the Cooke signing, he really strengthens the 3rd line considerably and makes the Wild annoying to play against. Seems clear that if the Wild do not get Vanek it won't be because of money. The Wild will have the cap space to give him whatever he wants. We may have to stomach another difficult season, but just need to hang in there, we are close. Great job again Russo, thank you for the articles.

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ml1snyderJul. 7, 13 7:41 AM

hodgie999 - It's not basketball season either bonehead. Actually, I'm glad that crud is off the TV for the next 5 months!!!

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lakneeJul. 7, 13 8:35 AM

ARRey asks: Is pro basketball as it's played today a genuine sport, or merely a dumbed-down playground game?

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goalieguruJul. 7, 13 8:55 AM

hodge999: This is Minnesota. Sports fans don't care about the glitz-glam NBA thug-ball product. Maybe it's all the rage in areas of the country but not here. No way, never!!

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wdntyouknwJul. 7, 13 9:15 AM

Someone's bitter his parents didn't let him play hockey growing up..

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