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KNOW THIS

Nikola Pekovic has played 81 games for the Wolves in two seasons since signing a five-year contract. If you weren't worrying about the final three years of that deal (at about $12 million per season), you can start.

WATCH THIS

The Wild has the look of a team that thinks it can make some noise in the playoffs this year, and GM Chuck Fletcher is making the moves to match. We'll see how it fits together when Minnesota faces Ottawa at 7 p.m. tonight on FSN.

RANDOM FANDOM

"Some advice for Rick Spielman and the Vikings: The proper way to run a business is to quit threatening a pay cut and keep your best employees."

kennyrogers commenting on startribune.com.

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TWEETED

"We are very proud of @AmandaZahui for earning #B1GWBBall Player of the Year! First time for Minnesota in 13 yrs.

#WowieZahui

#StillWeRise"

Marlene Stollings, Gophers coach.

@Stollings