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Full Coverage: Locker Room Cleanout Day

Wild GM, coach, players reflect on 2016-17, look ahead to offseason after first-round playoff exit

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

ST. PAUL -- The Wild gathered at Xcel Energy Center one final time on Tuesday as players cleaned out their locker stalls and the team discussed a 2016-17 season that saw regular-season records for wins and points but ended with a second straight first-round exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

After Minnesota's 4-1 series loss to the St. Louis Blues, General Manager Chuck Fletcher and Coach Bruce Boudreau expressed their disappointment at seeing a season with plenty of highlights end so early.

Video: Fletcher, Boudreau Reflect on Playoffs

In addressing the team's offseason plans -- which will be heavily influenced by the salary cap and the NHL Expansion Draft in June -- Fletcher said there will be roster changes, but not of the seismic variety.

"Wholesale changes? Absolutely not," Fletcher said. However, "there's going to be changes with the salary cap and expansion."

Video: Fletcher: 'There's Going to Be Changes'

Fletcher also had an update on Eric Staal, who fell hard into the boards during Saturday's Game 5 series-ending defeat against St. Louis. The veteran center sustained a concussion but was feeling better Tuesday.

"It was scary," Staal said. "I'm fortunate it wasn't any worse."

Video: Eric Staal Injury Update

Fletcher also announced forward Mikael Granlund had been playing with a broken hand and is expected to spend four to six weeks recovering.

Tweet from @mnwild: Granlund on his broken hand: "It's going to heal on its own...I don't want to make any excuses." #mnwild

In addition, the team announced that defenseman Jonas Brodin will join Wild teammate Joel Eriksson Ek at this year's IIHF World Championship beginning May 5 in Cologne, Germany.

Tweet from @mnwild: ���� #mnwild defenseman @brodin25 will play for Team Sweden at the 2017 #IIHFWorlds.

Here are additional Twitter posts, headlines and more from Tuesday's locker cleanout day:

Tweet from @mnwild: Koivu on taking positives from this season: "Right now we can't take any positives, just disappointment." #mnwild


Full Audio: Chuck Fletcher and Bruce Boudreau's End-of-Season Address

Tweet from @mnwild: Dubnyk on this group: "We win together, as an entirety. We needed everyone. There's no single person in here always winning it for us."


Dubnyk Hopes to Build on Career Year

Video: Dubnyk, Fletcher Look Back on Goalie's Career Year

Tweet from @mnwild: Hanzal: "If there's a chance for me to stay here I would love to but it would have to be both sides wanting it." #mnwild

Tweet from @mnwild: Suter: "I felt with the team we had we should still be playing...this is a group that has the capability of doing special things." #mnwild

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