Minnesota Wild, 2000, 15 Seasons
We mentioned an excuse and the Minnesota Wild has a couple. First, like Columbus they’ve only been in the league since 2000. The second is that the Wild did some “wild” spending back on the Fourth of July in 2012.
That year they signed Ryan Suter away from the Nashville Predators and also signed Zach Parise, formerly of the New Jersey Devils. They were the plums of the Free Agent period that year but they pledged $98 million over 13 years to each of them that has handcuffed the Wild ever since.
They have not been able to afford enough around those two to put a strong team on the ice and have struggled to put a strong team on the ice. They have made the playoffs all four seasons but have never got past the second round.
Last season they started off hot in the first 41 games then promptly lost 13 of 14 and switched head coaches. They have a solid team but don’t feel like a threat to win it all.
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