From: Washington DC area
ORIGINAL: Pete M.
So help this more casual Wild fan out:
What's the difference this year? We all seemed really negative about the Wild in the preseason -- no big offseason moves, more of the same, etc. Is it a "team more than sum total of its parts" situation? Is Granny becoming the stud we've been looking for? Is Dubs finally becoming more than merely unpredictable?
It's really a perfect storm so far and you are right. Nobody was thrilled with the offseason.
Biggest reasons IMO in order:
1a. No 'bad Duby's' as of yet
1b. BB has had some time to get rid of 'not his guys' and bring in 'his guys'
2. ST's are much better
3. Granny is on fire
4. We aren't easily pushed around in our own zone
5. Zach is healthy and playing well
6. Even though I mentioned the other day that we aren't SJ, our D is really helping out in the scoring dept
Now, if 1a, 2, 5 or 6 go South....we could be in trouble. That being said. I mentioned it last year. BB is not Richards/Yeo. If we start losing he'll get us out of it much quicker so we won't have those nasty valleys that use to kill us.