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Keys to the offseason: Wild

Mikael Granlund had a breakout season for the Wild, and is headed for restricted free agency this summer. Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire

It’s pretty amazing how quickly a great regular season can go down the tubes. The Minnesota Wild were one of the best teams in hockey for most of this season. Then came late-season struggles and a first-round playoff loss at the hands of the St. Louis Blues.

Just like that, it’s back to the drawing board for GM Chuck Fletcher and the Wild.

Here’s a look at what’s on the offseason docket:

1. Trade a defenseman