Nice pickup by the Wild today. We better make some acquisitions over the summer or our first year in the West is going to be mighty painful.
Finally have some time to check in. Pominville is a nice pick-up indeed. His $5+mil cap hit next year pretty much signifies the end of Dany Heatley in MN I'm guessing... and the Pominville deal has opened the door to a huge amount of Vanek speculation too (mission #1 - bring all gophers/minnesotans home
). If for some reason, that comes true and Vanek makes his way back here on a hometown discount... yeesh.
Our blue-line still needs work, but without much cap room, we may be stuck there. Same with goal... with Hardings MS issues and trading Hackett, re-signing Backstrom for a few years becomes a HUGE need to mentor Kuemper while Harding sorts his situation out.
My hopes for the year have wavered up and down, but my bar was set at playoffs - get in and it was a good year... with the 7game win streak and Pominville on the team now though, I'm starting to expect a series win now too. I think we match up very well with Detroit, Vancouver, SJ but LA, STL, and Chicago all seem to have our number. I like my chances with 3-VAN/6-MIN matchup, though I'd be cool with a 4/5 matchup with San Jose too. We'll see I guess...