For Minnesota Wild, Puzzle Pieces Don’t Match the Picture on the Box

Posted: 27th October 2009 by Austin Lindberg in NHL
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This is still the team Doug Risebrough put together. áThis is still the team that used to rely on the system of Jacques Lemaire to escape with points. áPutting these players into an open system under Todd Richards doesn't change that. The majority of these players are a direct result of the Risebrough era. áThey were brought in for a specific reason. áDespite Risebrough and Lemaire not always seeing eye to eye, Risebrough brought in players he felt would work in Lemaire's system. In Richards' system, many of these players don't appear to fit. áBecause of a lack of players who fit the mold for this system, the Wild have been forced to rely on players like Antti Miettinen and Eric Belanger. áBoth are hard workers and have done a lot of things right for the Wild, but neither should be i ...

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