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Wild owner Leipold says he's happy for old team, Predators

18 Mai 2017

Leipold has paid close attention to the National Hockey League playoffs despite the Wild's early exit, knocked out of the Western Conference quarterfinals in five games by the St. Louis Blues.

"Not over it", he said.

Leipold said Wednesday that seeing the support in a nontraditional market for the Predators has been "pretty cool to watch".

"I'm not satisfied where we are", Leipold said. "In my feeling with the playoffs, we took a step back, and we never expected that".

"Look, we just played an 82-game season, got 106 points, the most points we've ever had", Leipold said. "They have taken it to a new level, and I'm very curious as to which players on our team would do that. I'm disappointed with how we ended the season". In order to get to these positions, every team has got to have players that step up and play above their ability.

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Leipold still believes in the leadership core of Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, saying, "We're not going to retool this whole thing".

"We know we're going to lose somebody", he said.

As a result of the Hanzal-White trade and the 2015 trade which brought Chris Stewart to Minnesota, the Wild do not own a pick in either of the first two rounds of June's entry draft. "I would expect to, but I don't think anything is really happening as we speak". "Not over it. I watch these games now and go, 'That could be us'". Both Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund are restricted free agents who will likely see significant bumps in pay from what they made this season. That said, Leipold said it will be Fletcher pulling the strings, at least for the foreseeable future.

"In hindsight, geez, I wish we wouldn't have done that", said Leipold, adding there was much discussion about the trade before it was consummated. "But I think other teams are in the same willingness mode to tweak their teams as we are". Our cupboard is as full as it has ever been ... and that's been created by Chuck and (assistant manager Brent Flahr) and their organization.

"You look back at those five (playoff) games and you go, 'How did that happen?' I certainly can't blame Chuck for any of that, and I don't". A lot of good things happened a year ago. We just ended up bad. Sure, there's some issues that we need to address, and we will.

Wild owner Leipold says he's happy for old team, Predators