I know Gump is not going to like this, but I am hoping some of the new excitement comes from players like Dumba, as the reins are released a little more on him. With a lot of scoring defensemen in the WC, like Doughty, Burns, Subban, Klingberg and now EK...would like to see Dumba moving into that group. Just really pushing the offensive tempo.
But I do agree, injuries to supposedly key cogs on the Wild roster, especially last year, just seemed to put them into a negative stance for every game. I am hoping that players want to be here, so guys like Nino, Coyle, JEE and Brodin really start to "ride the lightning" in games and have career years. Would make for a really fun season to watch.