FanSided 30-in-30: Minnesota Wild

A team that has already undergone a couple of identity changes in its youthful existence, the Wild are in a state of flux at the moment. Last season was somewhat of a disappointment, as the club failed to really challenge for a playoff spot, finishing in 12th place in the West and costing their head coach his spot behind the bench. The big story for the team this summer, of course, was the addition of Dany Heatley. Heatley cost the Wild a top-tier defenseman in Brent Burns, but if he can work wll with star center Mikko Koivu, the Wild will at least have some offensive punch for once. Here’s a quick list of who’s come and gone from the Wild this season:


Martin Havlat – Led the Wild with 22 goals and tied for team scoring lead with 62 points, dealt to San Jose

Andrew Brunette – Veteran was third on club scoring, signed with Chicago

Brent Burns – 4th leading scorer and top scoring defenseman, off to San Jose

Antti Miettinen – Departed for KHL

John Madden – Solid role player still unsigned

Chuck Kobasew – Signed in Colorado

Jose Theodore – Signed in Florida

Cam Barker – Bought out, subsequently signed with Edmonton

Todd Richards – not getting the job done behind the bench resulted in a pink slip


Dany Heatley – Sniper’s numbers have trailed off lately

Devin Setoguchi – Solid 20 goals, could get 30

Darroll Powe – Defensive minded forward from Philly

Mike Lundin – Solid d-man, but can’t replace Burns

Mike Yeo – New man behind the bench

Check out the rest of the season preview here.

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