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Full coverage: Locker clean-out day at Xcel Energy Center

Quotes, videos and stories from the Wild's final gathering before parting ways for an all-too-early offseason

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

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.

Wild.com stories from Tuesday:

  • 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.
  • In other news Tuesday, the Wild reassigned forwards Luke Kunin, Ryan Donato and Jordan Greenway to the Iowa Wild, which is in the midst of a playoff push of its own.
  • Wild.com's Dan Myers took a detailed look at Tuesday night's NHL Draft Lottery, where Minnesota has a 9.8 percent chance of landing a top-three pick in June's NHL Entry Draft.

 
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Several players spoke with reporters on Tuesday. A video sampling is below:

 

Video: Locker clean out: Koivu

Video: Locker clean out: Donato

Video: Locker clean out: Dumba

Video: Locker clean out: Suter

Video: Locker clean out: Parise

Video: Locker clean out: Spurgeon

Video: Locker clean out: Zucker

Video: Locker clean out: Dubnyk

Video: Locker clean out: Staal

Video: Locker clean out: Foligno



[Watch Fenton and Boudreau's full press conference on YouTube]

 


Here's a transcript of Fenton's thoughts from Tuesday. An audio version is available below:

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