Page 2 of 2 Previous

Continued: Four keys to the Wild season

  • Article by:
  • Last update: October 2, 2013 - 6:35 PM

3

The mobile blue line

Yeo has tweaked the system to try to become more of a puck possession team, and one big reason is to try to mold a system around the Wild’s mobile blue line.

The Wild’s potential top-six defensemen to start the season — Ryan Suter, Jonas Brodin, Marco Scandella, Jared Spurgeon, Keith Ballard and maybe ultimately rookie Matt Dumba — can all skate. Veteran defenseman Clayton Stoner is also mobile for a big man.

The Wild wants to carry the puck into the offensive zone more, and a lot of that will have to do with defensemen who are now free to jump into the play.

Suter finished second among NHL defensemen with 28 assists last season, Brodin is looking to produce more points, and Ballard, who has a big shot and can move the puck, might be a big help.

4

The masked men

The Wild inquired about trading for a handful of goaltenders during the offseason, but in the end, Niklas Backstrom, who turns 36 in February, was re-signed for three years.

Backstrom, the franchise leader with 184 wins and 28 shutouts, was ridden hard last season when Josh Harding was lost for two months because of side effects from a new medication to treat multiple sclerosis. Backstrom struggled in April and eventually sustained a sports hernia minutes before Game 1 of the playoffs. The Vezina Trophy runner-up in 2008 needs to return to form, but the Wild also needs Harding to push after a strong training camp.







  • related content

  • In Year 2, Ryan Suter shines in the light

    Thursday October 3, 2013

    Hockey fame is not a great priority for one of the NHL’s most talented defensemen.

  • Jason Pominville was productive in the 10 regular-season games he played after the Wild acquired him from Buffalo at the trade deadline; the Wild hopes he continues that production over a full 82-game season.CARLOS GONZALEZ• cgonzalez@startribune.com

  • Dany Heatley

  • Jonas Brodin

  • Charlie Coyle

  • Niklas Backstrom

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano 0 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 4
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 3
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Hammel 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 3
St. Louis - LP: J. Kelly 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 5
NY Mets - WP: D. Gee 5 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. McCarthy 2
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 1 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: C. Lee 0
Chicago Cubs - LP: T. Wood 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda 2
Cleveland - WP: Z. McAllister 3 FINAL
Detroit - LP: A. Sanchez 2
Washington - WP: D. Storen 6 FINAL
Miami - LP: M. Dunn 3
Seattle - LP: F. Rodney 2 FINAL
Texas - WP: P. Figueroa 3
Boston - WP: C. Capuano 6 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: L. Garcia 4
Kansas City - WP: D. Duffy 6 FINAL
Houston - LP: J. Williams 4
Toronto 0 Postponed
Minnesota 0
Oakland - LP: D. Pomeranz 4 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: J. Smith 5
Colorado - LP: J. De La Rosa 2 FINAL
San Diego - WP: A. Cashner 4
Los Angeles - LP: J. Howell 1 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: J. Machi 2
Chicago 86 FINAL
Charlotte 91
Indiana 101 FINAL
Orlando 86
Atlanta 111 FINAL
Milwaukee 103
Dallas 105 FINAL
Memphis 106
Detroit 111 FINAL
Oklahoma City 112
Houston 100 FINAL
New Orleans 105
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
San Antonio 100
Brooklyn 85 FINAL
Cleveland 114
Philadelphia 100 FINAL
Miami 87
Utah 136 FINAL
Minnesota 130
Washington 118 FINAL
Boston 102
Toronto 92 FINAL
New York 95
Golden State 116 FINAL
Denver 112
LA Clippers 104 FINAL
Portland 110
Phoenix 104 FINAL
Sacramento 99
Montreal 5 FINAL(OT)
Tampa Bay 4
Columbus 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 4
Dallas 3 FINAL
Anaheim 4
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 2
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Should private schools have their own state tournaments?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close