There's a temptation to look for an easy answer to explain Minnesota's success. Especially since the Wild aren't loaded with talent. Not yet, anyway.
"I don't know how we rate on the talent meter, other people can be the judge of that," GM Chuck Fletcher said.
They're a franchise historically known for defense and the trap. So when you wake up in December and the Wild have three more points than any other NHL team, those inclined to quick conclusions will credit the trap and move on. The first-place Wild have been called boring. They've been called passive. But those analysis shortcuts rob this team and the character it has shown of the credit it deserves.
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