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Busy Summer Looms for Wild, NHL

Addition of NHL's 31st team in Las Vegas could make for one whirlwind offseason

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

Busy Summer Looms for Wild

Busy Summer Looms for Wild

Chuck Fletcher, Devan Dubnyk, Ryan Suter and Bruce Boudreau discuss the busy summer ahead as the Wild looks toward next season

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ST. PAUL -- After a historic regular season yielded nothing in the way of postseason success, the Minnesota Wild will go about trying to upgrade its roster in an effort to make another run at its first Stanley Cup in year two of the Bruce Boudreau era.

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Season in Review: Five Highlights from 2016-17

Wild.com looks back on record-breaking inaugural season under Bruce Boudreau

by Dan Myers and Devin Lowe / Wild.com

Wild Looks Back On Season

Wild Looks Back On Season

Wild players Suter, Staal, Parise, Dubnyk, and General Manager Chuck Fletcher look back on a record-breaking season amidst playoff heartbreak

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ST. PAUL -- After a first-round exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Minnesota Wild wasn't yet ready to reflect on its achievements during the 2016-17 season when it held its end-of-season media availability on Tuesday, April 25.

But there were plenty: In its first season under Bruce Boudreau, the Wild set franchise records in wins and points. Several of its younger players had career years and began to assume leadership roles. Eric Staal, the 32-year-old veteran centerman whom the Wild signed last summer after he netted just six points in 20 games with the New York Rangers in 2016, had his best offensive season in five years. 

As Minnesota transitions into what is sure to be a long offseason, Wild.com has selected five standout storylines from this year. Here are the highlights of 2016-17:

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After Career Seasons, What's Next for Granlund and Niederreiter?

Forwards will command new contracts this offseason after their best offensive campaigns yet

by Devin Lowe / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- For the past few seasons, the Minnesota Wild was waiting for its crop of young talent to grow into a core the team can build on for years to come. Looking back, the Wild might pinpoint 2016-17 as the year the future became the present.

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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 / Wild.com

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.

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Staal Thankful Concussion Wasn't Worse

Wild forward sustained injury sliding head first into boards in Game 5

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Had things turned out differently, and the Wild won Game 5 of its First Round Stanley Cup Playoff series with the St. Louis Blues, then followed with a win in Game 6, Minnesota would be preparing for a Game 7 showdown back at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday.

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Dubnyk Hopes to Build on Career Year

Wild goaltender was among best in the League in most major categories this season

by Devin Lowe / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk will tell you that the offseason is different for a netminder than for the skaters around him.

He calls it "the curse of the goalie."

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Eriksson Ek to Represent Sweden at IIHF World Championship

Forward captained Sweden's 2017 World Junior Championship team

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek will represent his native Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Championship beginning May 5 in Cologne, Germany.

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Granlund Named 2017 Lady Byng Trophy Finalist

Award goes to player who best combines sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and playing ability

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund (pronounced mih-KIGH-ehl GRAN-lund) as one of three finalists for this year's Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. The recipient of the 2017 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, voted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, will be announced Wednesday, June 21, during the 2017 NHL Awards from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. CT on NBCSN.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Blues 4, Wild 3 (OT)

Paajarvi's overtime goal lifts Blues, ends historic season for Wild

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 4-3 overtime loss against the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of their first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Saturday afternoon:

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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. St. Louis, Game 5

First-round series shifts back to St. Paul as Wild tries to build on Game 4 win

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild (Blues lead series 3-1)

Puck drop: 2:20 p.m. CT

Watch: NBC; NBC Sports live stream; pregame and postgame coverage on FOX Sports North; Wild Watch Bar Locations

Listen: KFAN 100.3 FM

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter

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