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New Look Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild are looking a little different after Monday's trade deadline. Some key pieces of the franchise are gone and GM Paul Fenton is moving toward youth and speed. The Wild have been competitive over the past several years but just cannot seem to get over the hump of the 2nd round of the playoffs. Do to the NHL's division playoff rule, the Wild had to play the Blackhawks during the mist of their dynasty which is unlucky to say the least. This called for Chuck Fletcher to be fired and the hiring of Nashville Assistant General Manager in Paul Fenton.

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Paul Fenton, Minnesota Wild General Manager

The likes of Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund have all been dealt within the last few weeks and it has caused quite a stir amongst the State of Hockey's fan base. The Wild received Victor Rask, Ryan Donato and Kevin Fiala as well as a draft pick in return. While some people were calling for a total rebuild others thought we still had a chance with our current roster. It looks like we know what Fenton thought as he dealt away key pieces of the franchise in order to really compete down the road. 

It might look bleak right now for Wild fans but keep your head up, this could be an exciting young bunch and something Minnesota sports has been missing for a long time. Highly touted prospects such as Jordan Greenway, Luke Kunin, Ryan Donato, Kevin Fiala, Joel Eriksson Ek and current KHL superstar Kirill Kaprizov could make for a Stanley Cup run in the not too distant future. 

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Ryan Donato celebrates as he scores the OT winner against the Blues this past Sunday

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