It's about time. The State of Hockey has been waiting for a team that enters each game with a "play-to-win" style, instead of a "play-to-not-lose" mindset.á When Owner Craig Leipold re-worked the Minnesota Wild's front office this past offseason, he delivered this much-needed system to a fan base that had grown weary of the defense-first hockey Jacques Lemaire had been providing.á But the style of play wasn't the only thing that changed. Out with Lemaire, Marian Gaborik, Marc-Andre Bergeron, and Martin Skoula. Bring in Todd Richards, Martin Havlat, Shane Hnidy, Greg Zanon, and Petr Sykora. Just two games into the season, it can be said with full confidence that things are going well for the Wild.á Games have finally been exciting.á The Wild are creating chances, defensemen are encourag ...
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