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Record Last Year: 35-36-11 (12th in Western Conference)
2012 Finish: Missed Playoffs
I never had the Wild on this list to begin with, but to many people who don't follow hockey that closely, the Minnesota Wild is the only team they may have heard about this offseason due to their signings of both Ryan Suter and Zach Parise.
While the two guys are definitely a step in the right direction for the franchise, the Wild are still far from Stanley Cup contenders.
Parise leaving the Devils is a much bigger blow to New Jersey than it was a gain to Nashville, and the same can be said for Nashville. The Wild lack depth on both sides of the ice, and outside of Dany Healtey and Mikko Koivu, they have no legitimate threats to score goals.
Kyle Brodziak did manage to light the lamp 22 times last season, but his minus-15 rating more than makes up for that number. While Koivu missed some time due to injury, Heatley was the only player to surpass the 45-point mark last year.
On the defensive side of the ice, when your go-to defenseman was arguably Marek Zidlicky, there isn't much to like.
Parise and Suter will add some depth to a team that desperately needs it, but they will still be fighting for a playoff spot. They are both stars, but the fact that this year's free agency pool was so thin caused the media to make it seem like these two guys can take a team that finished 24th in the NHL in points to the top—and that's asking way too much.