I love the Flyers, and no other team. I want us to win a Cup, and there is no other team that I accept as an alternative. There are 29 other fanbases that feel the same way about their own club. We all have one goal, and we all have an effect on one another. Since our Fansided Network is doing a 30 day preview to get ready for the 2011-12 season, I’ll be looking at how much of a threat each team is to our own Cup hopes. Today, we have the Minnesota Wild.
The Wild are another team that had a lot of turnover during the offseason. And there were quite a few big names among the comings and goings. They got tired of Martin Havlat, and traded him to SJ. Ditto Brent Burns. A few role players also went off to sign other contracts. In return, they got Devin Steoguchi, Dany Heatley, and the biggest prize in free agency, Darrol Powe. They might have lost a little on the back end, but they definitely added to their offense. That’s been an Achilles heel for this team for pretty much their entire existence. They haven’t really had the talent to play another style anyway.
So while they have become a better regular season team, I don’t think the Wild will make a serious playoff run just yet. Then again, they play in a division full of teams that are a bit sketchy, so they could sneak into 7th or 8th spot. It’s going to be hard though. On January 17th, they’ll come to Philly. I can’t really say there’s much to be excited about regarding this game, other than the return of Powe! I’d lose to see him and Nodl go at it. Really though, there’s not much rivalry between these teams. And the Flyers are in a better spot to compete for a Cup, wheres the Wild will be lucky to make the playoffs.
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