ST. PAUL -- Certainly, we didn't want to be having this conversation at this time of year.
Wild general manager Paul Fenton's opening remarks at Tuesday's year-end press conference sum up the emotional toll of the organization's first playoff-less season in seven years. But there's plenty of reasons for optimism heading into the offseason, starting with improved health and the opportunity to continue building a roster that got younger and faster this past season.
The team gathered one last time for year-end meetings and now parts ways for the offseason. Fenton and Wild coach Bruce Boudreau addressed the media to recap the campaign and look to the future, and Wild players gave their own take on what went well and what requires improvement heading into 2019-20.
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Fenton discussed a variety of topics, including his thoughts heading into a pivotal offseason and some injury updates for Zach Parise, Matt Dumba and Mikko Koivu.
While the prospects of missing the postseason stings in the locker room, players said they see "brighter days ahead" as the club shifts its focus to 2019-20.
Boudreau has dealt with his fair share of disappointment during his long career. But this is the first time he's begun a season with a team that didn't make the postseason.