Craig Leipold was relaxing in his owner's suite at the Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday night preparing for the Minnesota Wild's preseason game against the St. Louis Blues and said his anxiety was a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10. It was the preseason after all. When Minnesota starts its season Oct. 3 at home against the Los Angeles Kings Leipold will be back in his suite at center ice and said his anxiousness will ratchet up to a 10 on the same scale. Leipold lives with every emotional sway during the Wild's games and says he's unable to sleep when he gets home win or lose. Leipold believes his restlessness this season will be caused more by excitement than reliving missed opportunities. "I'm asked a million times a day it seems like 'how's the team looking how do you feel about it?'" Leipold said. "Fact is I agree with (general manager Chuck Fletcher) when he tells me 'this is the best team we've ever had here.'" Leipold who bought the team in 2009 made a big investment in the on-ice product last year when he signed the two biggest free agents available in Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Adding Parise and Suter -- and Jason Pominville at the trade deadline last year -- to captain Mikko Koivu has given Minnesota the blue-chip veteran players to go with a promising group of young players like Jonas Brodin Charlie Coyle Mathew Dumba Mikael Granlund and newly-acquired Nino Niederreiter. It's the type of roster Leipold who previously owned the Nashville Predators envisioned when he bought the team and sent Fletcher on the mission to turn the franchise into a perennial winner.
Owner: Current Wild team is 'best we've ever had'
Fox Sports North | Sep 28