I agree Minny...Rask we all KNOW is terrible on the ice. And from what I have seen in the pre season games, Benn is just as terrible. Hopefully, neither see all that much ice time this season. I'm still confounded by the signing of Benn. There HAD to be someone for about the same price that is better.
Forgot to take the day off of work to go to the Wild's practice at Amsoil. But a friend of mine took his son and stopped by my office afterwards...so his son could beam about getting this Wild hat signed by Kaprizov. The kid was smiling from ear to ear. It's little things like that, that will endear Kirill to the Wild and their faithful. The hat may have lost a little value though, as Rem Pitlick signed it on the other side.
I see Ek here has said the Wild will win the division this year. I don't think they will be that good, but they should be decent. I guess the biggest thing is how much did the roster really change...and it comes down to the defensive pairings. They lost #4, 5 and 6...and really only improved on #5. I think Kulikov is slightly better than Soucy. But the other 2 look like downgrades. So it's really up to Evason to show that changing the style of the Wild and how they play works.