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Next year's possible lines.

With the way the Wild have been plummeting, all that can be done is dream of that top five pick and what the roster might look like next year. So, let's take a look at possible line combinations for next year. Scenario #1: We aquire a major offensive forward asset in Free Agency (you know we're all thinking Parise) Zack Parise-Mikko Koivu-Dany Heatley Mikael Granlund-Matt Cullen-Devin Setoguchi Cal Clutterbuck-Kyle Brodziak-Nick Palmieri Stephane Veilleux-Darroll Powe-Nick Johnson Tom Gilbert-Nate Prosser Marco Scandella-Jared Spurgeon Clayton Stoner-Steven Kampfer Niklas Backstrom/Josh Harding Harding/Matt Hackett Odd forward out: Matt Justin Kassian Odd defenseman out: Falk Top potential callups from Houston: Brett Bulmer, Charlie Coyle, Zack Phillips, Johan Larsson, Jason Zucker, Jonas Brodin and Hackett/Darcy Kuemper Scenario #2: We aquire a major offensive forward talent and a top pairing offensive defenseman via free agency or trade. Parise-Koivu-Heatley Granlund-Cullen-Setoguchi Clutterbuck-Brodziak-Palmieri Veilleux-Powe-Johnson (Defenseman)-Prosser Gilbert-Stoner Scandella-Spurgeon Odd forward out: Chad Rau and Kassian Odd defenseman out: Falk or Kampfer Backstrom/Harding Harding/Hackett Scenario #3: The Wild aquire only a top pairing defenseman. Granlund-Koivu-Heatley Setoguchi-Cullen-Palmieri Clutterbuck-Brodziak-Johnson Veilleux-Powe-Rau (Defenseman)-Prosser Gilbert-Stoner Scandella-Spurgeon Backstrom/Harding Harding/Hackett Scenario #4: The Wild get decidedly younger and trade off older pieces. Granlund-Koivu-Heatley Setoguchi-Phillips-Coyle Clutterbuck-Brodziak-Palmieri Veilleux-Powe-Johnson Gilbert-Brodin Scandella-Spurgeon Stoner-Prosser Backstrom/Harding Harding/Hackett Pretty much all of these scenarios involve getting rid of Guillaume Latendresse and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. I just don't see either one of them in the cards for this team anymore. Which scenario would you rather see, Wilderness?

The opinions posted here are not those of Hockey Wilderness

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