It’s time for this week’s “Gone Wild” our weekly mailbag here on Gone Puck Wild. Lets get down to business and thanks for those questions!
I’m a firm believer that the Minnesota Wild are going to be back in the postseason next season. I think Jason Zucker is going to bounce back. I think Eric Staal is going to be close to the 30 goal mark. I think Ryan Donato is in store for a breakout season. Matt Dumba will be back from injury. Mats Zuccarello is going to give this team a playmaker they haven’t had for quite some time. I think they will get one of the wild cards and most likely have an early exit in the playoffs.
I’d put the odds at 60 percent right now. The chances of a deal getting done before the start of the season seems low. If the Wild aren’t in contention at the deadline it’s likely new general manager, Bill Guerin will look to flip the talented defenseman for picks or prospects.
Reloading. I don’t think Guerin is going to tear down the roster, but I do think he is going to revamp it. I don’t think it’s out of the question that he trades Jared Spurgeon. It was evident from the introductory press conference that Guerin believes this team has the talent to reach the postseason. If there are going to be any moves that move the needle it won’t likely happen until the trade deadline.
It’s a chance to watch a team that has a nice mix of veterans and young players brimming with potential. I’m in the minority, but I think this Wild team is going to surprise people.
Top five. How many other team dogs can say they interrupted a press conference to introduce a general manager? That’s some juice right there.