While everyone sits patiently to hear if the NHL and NHLPA have made any progress towards working out a new CBA and getting the NHL back in action, the Minnesota Wild have re-installed the ice at the Excel Energy Center.
Ok, so this isn’t the type of news that has Wild fans jumping up and down but it is worth noting that Wild GM, Chuck Fletcher made the decision to have the ice installed again, in the event a new deal is done.
Fletcher made the point that ‘why wait’ after the Excel crew had to remove the ice to accommodate a Madonna concert. Rather than scramble to get it installed if a new deal is struck in the next week, Fletcher is taking the conservative approach on the ice, while submitting a wave of optimism that the ice will be needed soon.
The Houston Aeros have an AHL regular season game scheduled to take place on Nov. 18 meaning the ice would need to be put in for that game, but Fletcher is no doubt hoping that training camp for the Wild takes place before that.
There are numerous events slated to take place at the Excel Energy Center according to Michael Russo from the Star Tribune. Girls volleyball and a Bruce Springsteen concert are up and coming events, but both can take place by covering the ice.
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