The Minnesota Wild held the first practice of training camp on Thursday. The team heads back to the Xcel Energy Center on Friday before hosting a practice and scrimmage, both open to the public, on Saturday and Sunday.
LINE COMBINATIONS: According to Michael Russo.
DANY HEATLEY LOOKS GOOD: "I don't think you have to look too hard to realize he's gained a step, at least," head coach Mike Yeo told the Pioneer Press. "He's moving really well out there, so I'm excited."
NEW SYSTEM: Chad Graff writes that the Wild is focusing on puck possession this season. Yeo says puck possession is key, and becoming a better team off the rush will be huge goals this season.
NEW FACES: Matt Cooke, Nino Niederreiter and Keith Ballard headline the group of new players. Here's more on that.