The people running the Wild have told players repeatedly, and in no uncertain terms, that they must play better. But after three consecutive losses in which the team totaled three goals, general manager Chuck Fletcher and coach Mike Yeo separately delivered yet another message Friday, Feb. 8:
"There's still an awful lot of time to go," Fletcher said.
He notes that change is not the answer.
The question, of course, is how do the Wild pull themselves out of a brief swoon barely three weeks into an abbreviated 48-game schedule?
There have been enough moves already, Fletcher said, alluding to the offseason additions of Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Torrey Mitchell and Zenon Konopka, the recent deal to pick up Mike Rupp, the return to the lineup of a healthy Pierre-Marc Bouchard, plus incoming first-year players Mikael Granlund, Jonas Brodin and Charlie Coyle.
"Look around the league: The majority of the teams that are having success right now have had a lot of continuity," Fletcher said. "A lot of the teams that are struggling are teams that have made more changes."
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