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Summer Skate: Minnesota Wild

They will grow into new system, and Niklas Backstrom could impress

Originally Published: September 17, 2010
By Robert Vollman & E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus/ESPN The Magazine

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Summer Skate -- Minnesota Wild

A new coaching staff and a new system -- but unfortunately the same results. Despite high hopes, the Wild ultimately struggled through a slow start and another disappointing season. Martin Havlat proved to be an inadequate replacement for Marian Gaborik, and their goals against spiked from 200 to 246.

The Wild shook things up in response, dealing away Eric Belanger, Kim Johnsson and Benoit Pouliot for Guillaume Latendresse, Chuck Kobasew and Cam Barker and signing free agent Matt Cullen. Though these changes may seem relatively minor, there are definitely a few players whose fortunes could dramatically change in 2010-11.


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