Wild in for Biznasty?

As the season approaches, a quick glance at the bottom six forward pool for the Wild shows a distinct lack of true toughness and grit. Sure, they have players like Kyle Brodziak, Nino Niederreiter (if and when his contract gets signed) and Matt Cooke, but while all of these players hit, they really aren’t the type of muscle who will deter an opponent from going after someone like Mikael Granlund, Zach Parise, or Minnesota’s new, moderately expensive toy, Thomas Vanek. Beyond that, the fourth-line muscle could be filled out with players like Brett Bulmer, Cody Almond and Brett Sutter, but none of those players are a guarantee to even make the team out of training camp, let alone anchor an energy line. Continue reading