The goal for the Minnesota Wild this season should be to make a playoff run. With the celebrated addition of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in the offseason and the development of top prospects like Jason Zucker, Charlie Coyle, Jonas Brodin and Mikael Granlund, Minnesota is poised to be a playoff team for the next 10 years or so.
Last year, the team broke through the playoff ceiling, albeit while giving their fans a scare towards the end of the season, and set themselves up to take another leap forward in 2013-14.
To position themselves to make a run in the deep Western Conference, the Wild must address goaltending and depth on the blueline. They also have to figure out how to deal with a lowered salary cap and many expensive players on the books.
Finally, although they will not be making another Parise/Suter-type signing in the offseason, they must figure out how to add the necessary pieces while keeping the core of the team together.
In short, this is a difficult task, but something that if done right will provide instant results next season.