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Minnesota Wild 2017-2018 Season Preview

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In over a month, Halloween will be upon us. This seems like a strange start to the season preview of the state professional hockey team, but it’s related; the scariest costume to a Minnesotan is someone dressing up as Jake Allen. While I still have nightmares of Jake Allen making save after save against the desperate offense of the Minnesota Wild, I can move on knowing that it’s a new season with new Wild expectations. Let’s start with some farewells; forwards Jason Pominville, Erik Haula, Jordan Schroeder and Alex Tuch and defenseman Marco Scandella are no longer members of the Wild. Pominville and Scandella, along with a third-round pick, were shipped off to Buffalo in exchange for forwards Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno and a fourth-round pick. Tuch was traded to the new expansion franchise Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a conditional third round pick, while Haula was picked…

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Wild’s faithful Finn seals two-year deal

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In 2001 the Minnesota Wild began their second season in the NHL. This same year, 18-year-old Mikko Koivu pulled a green and white jersey over his head as the Minnesota Wild selected him in the sixth round of the NHL draft. In four short years, he officially began playing in the State of Hockey, with a team as young as him. He tallied 21 points in his debut season. If that wasn’t impressive enough, his stats improved drastically in the 2006-07 season, burying 20 goals and tallying 34 assists. These accomplishments placed him fifth in his team’s stats for points on-season, sitting behind only the popular names of teammates Brian Rolston, Pavol Demitra, Marian Gaborik, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Not bad company to be in, in only his second season in the NHL. Over the years, this feisty Finn has won over the hearts of Minnesota hockey fans as not only…

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New Wild coach brings new hope for making playoffs

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The Minnesota Wild decided to fire head coach Mike Yeo on Feb. 13, 2016 as the Wild hopes for the playoffs were slipping away. It has been a disappointing year for the team, who was expected to contend for the Central Division and the Stanley Cup. The Wild are now fighting for one of the two spots for the wild card in order to just make the playoffs. Mike Yeo was in his fifth season as the head coach for the Wild. The previous three years he has led the Wild to the playoffs. Two of the three years Yeo led the Wild to the second round of the playoffs. The Wild were knocked out of the playoffs the past three years by the Chicago Blackhawks. The Minnesota Wild appointed John Torchetti as the interim coach for the rest of the season. Torchetti was the coach for farm system team…

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