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Minnesota Wild 2024 Stanley Cup Odds

Minnesota Wild 2024 Stanley Cup Odds

It was more of the same for the 2022-23 Minnesota Wild. Another Minnesota nice regular season and early playoff exit. In the 2023 NHL Draft, Minnesota took Charlie Stramel, a physically powerful player. He hasn’t produced offensively in the NCAA, but at worst can carry a third line. That’s not necessarily how you hope to spend the 21st overall pick, but he’s a solid prospect with upside. Riley Heidt provided excellent value with the final pick of Round 2, and Rasmus Kumpulainen needs polishing but has potential.

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The 2022-23 Minnesota Wild were 46-25-11 straight up and 33-44 over/under the total. Also, Minnesota was 3rd in the Central Division playoff standings. Minnesota was six points behind the Colorado Avalanche in the Central Division race. Minnesota had NHL rankings of 23rd for goals scored and 15th for power play efficiency. In comparison, on defense, the Wild had NHL rankings of 6th for goals against and 10th for penalty killing.

First among Minnesota scorers was Kirill Kaprizov with 40 goals, 35 assists, 75 points, and a +4. Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury had a .908 save percentage and 2.85 goals against average. His record was 24-16-4 with two shutouts.

Head coach Dean Evason has led the Wild to the playoffs in his three campaigns. The 2022-23 season might have been among the most challenging, with the Wild going from the fifth-highest-scoring team in 2021-22 to one that was 23rd in goals per game -- the lowest total for any team that made the playoffs. The next step for Evason is finding a way for the Wild to reach the second round, something they have not done since the 2014-15 season.

How GM Bill Guerin and his front office staff managed the cap would determine the Wild's offseason. That's what made re-signing Frederick Gaudreau and Marcus Johansson for a combined $4.1 million cap hit just months before free agency started so critical. As of July 10, the Wild have around $8.2 million in available cap space to facilitate other deals. It's a strategy that could see them cash in on signing a player willing to take a team-friendly contract or use that money elsewhere.

The need to exercise financial responsibility was given, with the combined Zach Parise and Ryan Suter buyouts costing the Wild $14.7 million in cap space in 2023-24 and again in 2024-25.

Season-by-Season Record (Last 5)

2022–23 82 46 25 3rd, Central Lost in First Round, 2–4 (Stars)
2021–22 82 53 22 2nd, Central Lost in First Round, 2–4 (Blues)
2020–21 56 35 16 3rd, West Lost in First Round, 3–4 (Golden Knights)
2019–20 69 35 27 6th, Central Lost in Qualifying Round, 1–3 (Canucks)
2018–19 82 37 36 7th, Central Did not qualify
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Minnesota Wild History

The Minnesota Wild was founded in 2000 as an NHL expansion team. They arrived after seven dark seasons without the National Hockey League in the Twin Cities and the self-proclaimed “State of Hockey.” Minnesota went to the 2003 Conference Final as a Cinderella team. Since then, the Wild has never gone past the second round ever since. Under general manager Craig Leipold and head coach Dean Evason, the Wild is playing a much more entertaining style of hockey. For most of their existence, they were known as one of the most boring teams in the game.

The Wild are the second NHL team to open for business in Minnesota. The first NHL franchise in the Twin Cities was the Minnesota North Stars. The North Stars were part of the “second six.” Meaning that Minnesota was one of the six teams that were part of the 1967 Great Expansion. That year the NHL doubled in size from six to 12 teams. The North Stars began with great success and were one of the top drawing teams in the immediate years after expansion. But Minnesota was never dominant on the ice, and fans were tired of the mediocre play. Eventually, the North Stars began to lose big money in the late 1970s. Following a resurgence in the 1980s, they again struggled financially and moved to Dallas in 1993.

When the Minnesota Wild were born, they moved into a sparkling Xcel Energy Center, the modern type of arena that opened up additional revenue streams. The Wild have also done a far better job than the North Stars of community involvement and marketing. But a serious championship run remains an elusive goal in the State of Hockey.

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