With a strong group of forwards, a minute munching all star defenceman and options in net, Minnesota appears to have all the tools to make a serious challenge this season.
But in a tough division, can the Wild actually put it all together and make a run at Lord Stanley’s Cup?
Los Angeles won their second Stanley Cup in three years last term, surviving three game 7s before dispatching the New York Rangers in the final.
Perhaps as close as we’ll come to a dynasty in the cap era, LA heads in to the new season with their championship team almost entirely intact and a swagger few teams can match.
The NHL announced a number of minor changes to the rules for the 2014/15 season – some are welcome, some less so.
In at least one case, the changes the league have made seem flat out ridiculous. Here I look at some the proposed changes, and their impact on the game – but a full list of the changes can be found here
After 18 seasons and 1,124 games, Saku Koivu has called time on his storied career.
During that time he won four Olympic medals, gold at the World Championship and captained one of the game’s most illustrious teams for a decade. But his efforts away from the rink are as worthy of celebration as his life on it.
The recipient of two King Clancy Memorial Trophy and a Bill Masterton Trophy; Koivu not only inspired a generation of young Montreal fans, but helped countless more thanks to his charity work in the city.
With 1st overall pick Aaron Ekblad on board, the Panthers have one of the strongest groups of prospects in the NHL.
Combined with some respectable veterans and one of the best netminders in the league, Florida suddenly has a lot going for them – but is it enough to propel them to an unlikely return to the post season?
The fractured relationship between Evander Kane and Winnipeg took a new twist yesterday, when Jets star Blake Wheeler called out the 23-year old:
After another summer of speculation, Kane recently said he was happy in Winnipeg – but the trade rumours continue, and Wheeler’s comments will do little to quell a fire that has raged from pretty much day one in Manitoba.
At some point the Jets, a franchise seemingly loathed to make tough decisions, needs to figure out if Kane is part of their long term plans; or if this constant pantomime is simply a distraction they could really do without.
Despite getting three consecutive first overall picks from 2010 to 2012, Edmonton is still struggling to escape the NHL basement.
Offensive potential counted for little (again) last season, as the Oilers finished bottom of the West (28th overall) and finished with the worst defensive record in the NHL.
But the Alberta franchise appears to be trying to learn from its mistakes; attempting to address its depth issues this summer and seeking new ideas to improve the team, including hiring of noted analytics proponent, and fierce critic of the franchise, Tyler Dellow.