This morning, the NHL finalized an agreement to send their players to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. The Olympics will take place from February 7th-February 23rd. Here is part of the release from the NHL:
Wild players expected to participated in the games are: Mikko Koivu (Finland), Zach Parise (USA), Ryan Suter (USA), Jonas Brodin (Sweden), Jason Pominville (USA/Canada), Niklas Backstrom (Finland), Mikael Granlund (Finland), and Nino Niederreiter (Switzerland).
Shortly following the announcement of the Winter Olympics, the NHL released its schedule for the 2013-14 season. The Wild are opening up the season with a four game homestand, including the season opener on October 3rd vs Los Angeles.
You can find the whole schedule here.
The Wild play every team at least twice now in the new schedule format, and play their new "Central Division" opponents six times (three at home, three on the road). The team has a unfavorable April schedule, taking on the Blackhawks, Penguins, Bruins, Blues, and Predators. Considering the way the team finished this season, that is definitely a cause for concern.
Thoughts on today's announcements Hockey Wilderness?