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Playoffs, Just Get In

May 11, 2019, 1:18 PM ET [2 Comments]
Dan Wallace
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It has been too long since my last blog and apologies for that. Back now from some r&r in Vegas.

As we embark on the opening of the Western Conference Finals tonight the tall of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs has been all about the upset. However a Western Conference final of San Jose and St. Louis was a common pick before the season began.

The old adage of just get into the playoffs and there is a chance has never been more apparent than the 2019 Stanley Cup tournament.

The four teams that remain in the dance all have been methodically fortifying their rosters to be serious contenders. Boston, San Jose, and St. Louis have been perennial playoff teams with aspirations of deep playoff runs. Carolina on the other hand has been the team for the last few seasons that many experts thought to be the Eastern Conference's team on the rise.

The common theme with each of these teams is the strong leadership from the top down. The cohesiveness of the players on the ice are a direct result of how the organizations are run.

Bringing this back to the Wild, how can Paul Fenton learn from what has happened this season to get his squad into contention for next season?

The Wild are not as far off as many of the Minnesota faithful say, however there are key moves that must be made in order to get the team to believe that they can make a run at the big prize.

Paul Fenton is the right guy to steer the Wild ship in the right direction. He has transformed the roster in a way that few expected getting younger, faster, and more skillful, all while maintaining all of the team's draft picks intact.

This off season will be critical for Fenton as he enters the draft with a full year under his belt. Free agency provides another avenue to bolster the roster, this year for the first time in seemingly forever, with cap space to work with.

The playoffs have been exciting to date, unfortunately for the Wild faithful the rooting interest has been reduced to the cursory former Minnesota players still alive.

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