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    Last season, the Minnesota Wild finished sixth in the Western Conference and had their second-best season in franchise history. However, listening to some in the Wild fan base you would’ve thought last season was an absolute failure. (Read the rest of the post)

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    They will contend for top spot in their competitive division with their depth, but a lot will depend if Dubnyk was a 3 month hot streak or the real deal.
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    agree totally with the post saying it depends on Dubnyk. The team is strong, but Dubnyk has only been a good goalie for 2/3's of a season and he has been a weak goalie for years. If he plays like pre last season, Minnesota is toast.
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    Central Division is just so damn tough, that it's hard to say how the Wild will do. But I agree with above, so much of it is dependant on Dubnyk.
    A jump from Granlund would be nice, health for some of their older players would help too.

    Re the Central: Just read a prognostication from Justin Bourne (Score) that has Dallas winning the Central. I don't see it, but maybe they do. http://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/817028

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    I agree that the Central Division will be tough for them. I believe that Dubnyk will give better than average goaltending this year. I also think this is the year we see what Granlund can do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cfdickson View Post
    agree totally with the post saying it depends on Dubnyk. The team is strong, but Dubnyk has only been a good goalie for 2/3's of a season and he has been a weak goalie for years. If he plays like pre last season, Minnesota is toast.
    Dubnyk has not been a weak goalie for years. He has actually been a pretty goalie on weak teams, which affects his win totals. Go look at his individual numbers and you will that up until two years ago, he actually held a pretty solid GAA and Sv% on crappy Oiler teams. After the Oilers dealt him, two seasons ago, he went into a tailspin and bounced around something like 4 or 5 organizations in a short period of time. His "2/3rd" of a season last year was only 2/3rd because he was brought in to relieve a crappy Mike Smith in Arizona after signing there as a FA. It's obvious that Sean Burke helped get his game back on track.

    Those who think he was only a good goalie last year really haven't paid much attention to Dubnyks career as a whole.


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