Wilderness Walk 4/8/12: End of the season edition

ST PAUL, MN - MARCH 22: Cal Clutterbuck #22 and Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild celebrate a win following a shootout against the Calgary Flames on March 22, 2012 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Flames 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

This is it. There will be a torrent of season in review information coming at you over the next week. We'll try to aggregate a lot of it here, plus we'll have our own stuff too. More on that later.

In the mean time, thanks for a great season!

Wild Vs. Coyotes Final: Minnesota Flattened By Phoenix 4-1 In Season Finale - SB Nation Minnesota - The Minnesota Wild had a chance to play the role of spoiler on Saturday night, but struggled out of the gate and ended up being left in the dust by the visiting Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 in Saturday's regular season finale.

Wild wrap season, determined to turn page - Left to talk about missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season, Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu summarized the disappointment the only way he could. "Obviously we have to face it, we're not where we want to be and that has to change," Koivu said. "Personally I think everybody knows that it's been too long that we've finished the season like this."

Disappointing Wild season ends with disappointing loss; Backstrom to undergo ankle surgery | StarTribune.com - Well, sadly, the 2011-12 Minnesota Wild season has officially come to a close with a disappointing 4-1 season finale loss tonight at Xcel Energy Center against the Pacific Division-champion Phoenix Coyotes.

Tom Powers: Minnesota Wild need to break their four-year bad habit - TwinCities.com - The Wild were eliminated from playoff contention on March 25, an exceedingly early date by today's NHL standards. Ever since then, they've been playing like champions.

Season over, Minnesota Wild seek talent infusion - TwinCities.com - On Saturday, April 7, the Wild closed one of the more disjointed years in their history, playing the 82nd game of a season that featured their third coach in four years, a climb to the top of the NHL standings in December, and a prolonged slide triggered by the team dressing a club-record 47 players.

Hitting The Post: Post-Mortem - Frustrating season. Few positives, several negatives, plenty of blahs. In the end, the result was what a lot of us thought it would be as the season started: missing the playoffs, growth year.

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