Craig Leipold has made some waves, announcing that he is not satisfied with where his team is. When you and I said that after the disappointing performance in the playoffs, it’s just another for the pile of unhappy Minnesota sports fans’ complaints. When the owner of the team expresses that sentiment, it means changes might be coming.
On the one hand, I get it. He’s spent a lot of money elevating his team to perform at a high level. During the regular season, they looked like they could potentially beat anybody in a seven game series, or at least they did until March rolled around. Even then, there were reasons to suspect things weren’t as bad as the third month of the year looked and the team was poised for a deep run in the playoffs in a Western Conference that suddenly looked pretty tame. Yet the team, his team couldn’t solve Jake Allen and couldn’t deliver on the investments he has made into the team. Heck, if he were completely satisfied with the end result, it would be weird.
On the other hand, the team broke a franchise record for points on the season and were elite across multiple facets of the game. Multiple players are in contention for end of season awards like Mikko Koivu with the Selke and Mikael Granlund with the Lady Byng. An unlucky break against a hot goaltender is no reason to convince yourself that the team, your team, is in need of deep, foundational changes. To be fair to Leipold, he sounds like he is well aware of that.
Bottom line, it’s fair if this past season elicits some complicated emotions, but here’s the Rolling Stones to hopefully help Leipold find some satisfaction.
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