Three things to watch for this week:

• The NFL free-agency frenzy starts Monday, and players can start officially signing with teams Wednesday. Buckle up!

• As part of a five-game home stand, the Wild faces Dallas on Thursday. One look at the standings will tell you how important that game is.

• The Gophers men's basketball team can remove all doubt about its NCAA chances with a run in the Big Ten Tournament starting Thursday.