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2005-06 Finish: 38-36-8, 11th West
General Manager: Doug Riseborough (6th Season)
Head Coach: Jacques Lemaire (6th Season)
2005-06 Goals For: 231
2005-06 Goals Against: 215
2005-06 Power Play: 17.0% (21st)
2005-06 Penalty Killing: 87.4% (1st)
Points Leader: Brian Rolston (79)
Goals Leader: Marian Gaborik (38)
Assists Leader: Brian Rolston (45)

Offseason Moves: Signed defenceman Peter Ratchuk, who had been in Germany, to a one-year contract; acquired defenceman Petteri Nummelin from the Atlanta Thrashers for a conditional third-round pick in either 2006 or 2007; acquired centre Pavol Demitra from the Los Angeles Kings for centre Patrick O'Sullivan and a 2006 first-round pick; signed defenceman Keith Carney, who had been with the Vancouver Canucks, to a multi-year contract; signed right wing Mark Parrish, who had been with the Los Angeles Kings, to a multi-year contract; signed defenceman Kim Johnsson, who had been with the Philadelphia Flyers, to a multi-year contract; signed right wing Branko Radivojevic, who had been with the Philadelphia Flyers; signed centre Jason Morgan, who had been with the Chicago Blackhawks, to a one-year contract; signed centre Wyatt Smith, who had been with the New York Islanders, to a one-year contract.

Goaltending: For years, Manny Fernandez and Dwayne Roloson maintained a healthy competition for the starting job in goal. But with both netminders set to become unrestricted free agents after the 2005-06 season, one had to go. Fernandez struggled in 2003-04 with an 11-14-9 record, but rebounded nicely with a 30-18-7 record and .919 save percentage last year. That was enough for GM Doug Riseborough to trade Roloson and sign Fernandez to a long-term deal. With nine seasons under his belt, Fernandez should excel as the established No. 1 man. Young Josh Harding played his first three NHL games last season, going 2-1 with a .904 save percentage and one shutout.

Defence: The Wild made some big upgrades on the blueline, starting with defenceman Kim Johnsson. The former Philadelphia Flyer brings the team a much-needed point man with terrific offensive instincts. Keith Carney was also added to the mix to solidify the defensive zone. Overall, the Wild have a productive and mobile defence squad that already includes Martin Skoula, Nick Schultz and Kurtis Foster.

Forwards: Minnesota had the sixth worst offense in the league last season and ranked 21st on power play. With speedy centre Pavol Demitra and winger Mark Parrish added to the lineup, head coach Jacques Lemaire can loosen the defensive reins and open things up a bit for star forward Marian Gaborik. Brian Rolston led the team in scoring last season and should work well on a line with centre Todd White, giving the Wild two solid scoring lines. The third and fourth lines feature veterans who can play the defensive game to a tee. Wes Walz and Pascal Dupuis are great two-way players who can kill penalties effectively and capitalize on mistakes to create scoring chances.

Welcome to the NHL: Winger Roman Voloshenko was taken by the Wild in the second round of the 2004 draft and saw his first action as a pro with the AHL's Houston Aeros last season. His adjustment to the North American game was almost seamless, as he scored 33 goals and 60 points in 69 games.
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