Opinions: Post-playoff Minnesota Wild thoughts

Author:
Updated:
Original:

It's over ... for this year. The Minnesota Wild now get to watch the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference semifinals, hoping to get there ... next year.

But first, a quick look back at the past several weeks ... as Wild watchers put a lid on 2012-13:

Derek Felska, StateofHockeyNews.com:"I think a lot of Wild fans could tell by the expression on Mike Yeo's face and the deep breaths he would consistently take after a loss that the coach was running out of aces. By his own admission, Yeo said he had used every trick in his book to try to will his team out of the slumps it seemed to regularly endure yet fortunately for him the team still managed to qualify for the playoffs by the narrowest of margins."

Greg Wyshynski, Yahoo!Sports:"While Blackhawks fans file past the statues of Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, Wild fans have the statue of Mary Tyler Moore."

Chad Graff, Pioneer Press:"Some have wondered where 2012 first-round draft pick Matt Dumba, a skilled offensive defenseman, was. But (General Manager Chuck) Fletcher pointed out that Dumba is still just 18. And while 19-year-old Jonas Brodin played extremely well on defense this season, he's an anomaly, in Fletcher's view."

Jim Souhan, Star Tribune: "This season was a failure. The Wild finished eighth in a 15-team conference, closer to last place than first, after choking down the stretch. Fletcher kept citing the quality of the Chicago Blackhawks as an excuse for a five-game first-round playoff loss, but a show of competence in April would have left the Wild with a sixth seed and a fighting chance."

Dan Shrader, FirstRoundBust.com: There's no doubt that Minnesota's ability to put the puck toward the opposition's net increased as the season went on; they will forever need improvement at being better at possession at even strength, but as is such with Minnesota, it always seems a Herculean effort to score a single goal while it takes little effort for the other team to score.

Mike Doyle, Wild.com:"Good teams have to go through growing pains and one of the best ways to learn how to win in the postseason is to first lose."

Next Up

3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - August 2017

Owner closes JUUT in Uptown, cites 'escalating crime and violence'

JUUT is closed after 35 years at the Hennepin and Lake Street location.

Randy Dobnak

Michael Brantley, Astros pound Twins pitching in series finale

Randy Dobnak's six earned runs was part of a long afternoon.

Seimone Augustus

Lynx to retire jerseys of Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson next season

The former Lynx stars were a key piece of their four WNBA titles.

police tape, crime scene

Rushford police officer fires gun during report of a restraining order violation

The incident occurred on Highway 30 near the Rushford Municipal Airport.

lake water

18-year-old dies from drowning in Quarry Park

The incident is one of several drownings to occur in Minnesota in recent weeks.

Screen Shot 2021-06-13 at 8.28.44 AM

College pitcher from MN gets new prosthetic arm after his was stolen

A tough luck story turned out very positive for the Hawley native.

vaccine, covid

MN saw decline in routine child vaccinations amid pandemic

The CDC study looked at Minnesota and nine other states.

Water

Child hospitalized after drowning in Ham Like

Their current condition is not known.

Related