With the draft just 3 short weeks away, the Wild brass begin their meetings today. What all they talk about and decide is unknown to the fans, but we can certainly guess. Certainly, they will be discussing draft strategy, targets, and plans. They will likely be deciding what they want to the roster to look like come next season. General Manager Chuck Fletcher has already stated that he feels comfortable standing pat, calling this "the first offseason I don't feel compelled to go out and do something."
That does not, however, mean that they will not do anything. The Wild are in a great place, roster-wise. They have a lot of flexibility and options, with a number of exciting Unrestricted Free Agents hitting the market, as well as a number of promising young players starting to mature.
We know who will be leading the team going forward. Along with veteran leaders Mikko Koivu, Jason Pominville, Ryan Suter, and Zach Parise, Mike Yeo was officially announced as the head coach of the Wild for the next three years. What team Yeo will have on his bench is yet to be seen, but there's a number of intriguing options this summer for GMCF to look at.
Beyond free agents, restricted and non-, we at Hockey Wilderness have been counting down our top-10 trade targets for this offseason, as well as running through a mock draft. As for what the real draft or trade market will bring... no one can say (likely not even GMCF. Should the Wild acquire a big name, you will hear about it here. For that mater, should the Wild acquire a small name, you'll likely here about it here. You've already read about Michael (pronounced Me-Kai-El) Keränen, our newest Finn. Will the Wild add another name from the Finnish Pipeline? If they do, you'll know about it here.
Whatever comes of these meetings, The Wild and its fans should feel anticipation for the coming season. The Wild's "Cup Window" is opening in the next season or two, and now the team needs a few deft moves to start icing a consistent roster. The to-do lists are out and analyzed, the goal is clear, and now, all we have to do is wait.
And, as always, any updates on our favorite hockey team can be found here, in the Hockey Wilderness.