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08:25 AM ET 07.07 | Colton Gillies, at long last, may become a permanent member of the Wild. The 2007 first-round draft pick, who already had the inside track to a job on the Wild next season, signed a contract Wednesday that makes a spot in Minnesota even more of a possibility. Gillies' two-year, $1.25 million pact is a one-way contract, meaning he would have to be paid his $600,000 NHL salary in the minors if he were to play there next season. A contract like that typically means the player is penciled into an NHL job. The 6-foot-4, 208-pounder from just outside Vancouver is a hard-hitting, fast, character forward who developed dramatically last season in Houston of the AHL under Mike Yeo, who is now the Wild's coach.

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July 7, 2011  08:28 AM ET

The daily Wild thread....

And if their 2007 first pick hasn't played with the big club on a permanent basis yet, you know why this team hasn't made the playoffs in a while.

July 7, 2011  08:34 AM ET

Sounds wild!!! NEXT!

July 7, 2011  08:49 AM ET

I hope they aren't counting on him to get them in the playoffs.

July 7, 2011  08:49 AM ET

Any chance the Wild might wanna deal Josh Harding? He missed all of last season, but I really like him.

July 7, 2011  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Any chance the Wild might wanna deal Josh Harding? He missed all of last season, but I really like him.

He would be great in Edmonton!

Only if they can dump Khabby or put him in the minors.

July 7, 2011  09:20 AM ET

Yeah Wild threads.

July 7, 2011  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yeah Wild threads.

You would prefer a Penguin thread maybe? Find out that no one knows for sure what's up with Sid and Geno, but we'll run the story anyway?

July 7, 2011  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You would prefer a Penguin thread maybe? Find out that no one knows for sure what's up with Sid and Geno, but we'll run the story anyway?

Let's Go Pens!!

July 7, 2011  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Any chance the Wild might wanna deal Josh Harding? He missed all of last season, but I really like him.

Need somebody to play cards with Lombardi?

July 7, 2011  10:00 AM ET

The Wild are counting on alot.

They are counting on Heatley showing heart - and being better without Thornton than he was last year with him.

They are counting on Setoguchi being better with less talent around him, just based on more opportunities.

They are counting on another phenomenal season from their goaltender(s).

They are counting on Mikko Koivu not getting hurt.

They are counting on 10 other teams going through serious injury issues all season long if they want to make the playoffs.

July 7, 2011  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You would prefer a Penguin thread maybe? Find out that no one knows for sure what's up with Sid and Geno, but we'll run the story anyway?

Not a bad analysis B-F. Something like this to come soon:

*Crosby and Malkin seem fully recovered, ready to report to training camp, and and in great shape. (Monday).

*While fully recovered Crosby and Malkin may not report to camp exactly on time. As a precautiion they should report about 2 weeks late. (Tuesday)

*Crosby still skating but Malkin reports "twinges" in right leg. Will see doctor. (Wednesday)

*Crosby reports "headaches" while watching Malkin skate. As a precaution he will refuse to be on ice with Malkin. (Thursday)

* Crosby and Malkin reported playing golf and skipping practice for another two weeks (Friday)

No news reports on weekend. Repeat above starting Monday.

July 7, 2011  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Not a bad analysis B-F. Something like this to come soon:*Crosby and Malkin seem fully recovered, ready to report to training camp, and and in great shape. (Monday).*While fully recovered Crosby and Malkin may not report to camp exactly on time. As a precautiion they should report about 2 weeks late. (Tuesday)*Crosby still skating but Malkin reports "twinges" in right leg. Will see doctor. (Wednesday)*Crosby reports "headaches" while watching Malkin skate. As a precaution he will refuse to be on ice with Malkin. (Thursday)* Crosby and Malkin reported playing golf and skipping practice for another two weeks (Friday)No news reports on weekend. Repeat above starting Monday.

Your Crystal ball she be shining real bright Sir !

July 7, 2011  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The Wild are counting on alot.They are counting on Heatley showing heart - and being better without Thornton than he was last year with him.They are counting on Setoguchi being better with less talent around him, just based on more opportunities.They are counting on another phenomenal season from their goaltender(s).They are counting on Mikko Koivu not getting hurt. They are counting on 10 other teams going through serious injury issues all season long if they want to make the playoffs.

Actually they are counting on Heatly being better than Havlat which should be easy.

They are Counting on Setoguchi developing because he is only 24!

Backstrom is a pretty damn good Goalie and has proved that the past few seasons

Koivu has missed an average of 5 games the past 3 season, not exactly a lot

and finally its hockey, there usually isn't much separating team 5 from team 10 in the
standings. All I know is the Wild will be much much more entertaining to watch next year.

July 7, 2011  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The daily Wild thread....And if their 2007 first pick hasn't played with the big club on a permanent basis yet, you know why this team hasn't made the playoffs in a while.

and yet you read it AND comment....


and yes the previous regime was TERRIBLE and drafting and developing players

July 7, 2011  11:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Actually they are counting on Heatly being better than Havlat which should be easy. They are Counting on Setoguchi developing because he is only 24!Backstrom is a pretty damn good Goalie and has proved that the past few seasonsKoivu has missed an average of 5 games the past 3 season, not exactly a lotand finally its hockey, there usually isn't much separating team 5 from team 10 in the standings. All I know is the Wild will be much much more entertaining to watch next year.

I wouldn't say Heatley being better than Havlat is a gimme. Who's the centre that's going to pass him the puck? He had Spezza and Thornton his last two stops. Expecting him to create his own scoring chances might be a bit much.

Seto will likely be a better hockey player, but will be score more points? Again, with less talent around him, plus having to find new chemistry with new linemates, it'll be tough.

Backstrom is awesome, but I'm not a fan of a goalie being almost 100% in control of a team's fate. Lots of reliance on one guy to carry the load.

You sure about those Koivu numbers? I don't like researching on my own - my school days are well behind me - but it sure feels like he missed more than 5 games a season these last few years.

And didn't Minnesota finish like 12th? Wasn't much separating 5-10, but 11-16 were pretty ugly. And it would leave Minnesota - even WITH their improvements - needing a good number of teams that finished above them last year to divebomb next year. I only see that happening in Phoenix and maybe Nashville if they don't re-sign Weber.

July 7, 2011  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Not a bad analysis B-F. Something like this to come soon:*Crosby and Malkin seem fully recovered, ready to report to training camp, and and in great shape. (Monday).*While fully recovered Crosby and Malkin may not report to camp exactly on time. As a precautiion they should report about 2 weeks late. (Tuesday)*Crosby still skating but Malkin reports "twinges" in right leg. Will see doctor. (Wednesday)*Crosby reports "headaches" while watching Malkin skate. As a precaution he will refuse to be on ice with Malkin. (Thursday)* Crosby and Malkin reported playing golf and skipping practice for another two weeks (Friday)No news reports on weekend. Repeat above starting Monday.

So, a repeat from last year. Very funny.

July 7, 2011  11:26 AM ET

But, let it be known that I DO hope the Wild get better, for their fans' sake. I've said this multiple times - Minnesota folk are the best hockey fans south of the border. Detroit may be HockeyTown, but Minny is the State of Hockey (officially? not sure), and their fans deserve better than what this franchise has provided.

July 7, 2011  11:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

You sure about those Koivu numbers? I don't like researching on my own - my school days are well behind me - but it sure feels like he missed more than 5 games a season these last few years.

Last 3 years, 79, 80 and 71 games. But, he hasn't played a single playoff game the last 3 years. ;-)

July 7, 2011  12:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Not a bad analysis B-F. Something like this to come soon:*Crosby and Malkin seem fully recovered, ready to report to training camp, and and in great shape. (Monday).*While fully recovered Crosby and Malkin may not report to camp exactly on time. As a precautiion they should report about 2 weeks late. (Tuesday)*Crosby still skating but Malkin reports "twinges" in right leg. Will see doctor. (Wednesday)*Crosby reports "headaches" while watching Malkin skate. As a precaution he will refuse to be on ice with Malkin. (Thursday)* Crosby and Malkin reported playing golf and skipping practice for another two weeks (Friday)No news reports on weekend. Repeat above starting Monday.

I'm gonna print that off and save it for when they actually do run an article like that.

 
July 7, 2011  01:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Last 3 years, 79, 80 and 71 games. But, he hasn't played a single playoff game the last 3 years. ;-)

Hmm. I stand corrected. I'm fairly surprised, to be honest.

Disappointing that he's only potting 60 point seasons then.

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