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The Wild is now up for four NHL awards, the most nominations the team has received in a season.
During the early stages of a critical offseason, the Wild bolstered its front office by bringing in longtime executive Ray Shero.
The Wild defenseman is a finalist for the honor that recognizes perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
A look at where every player on the roster stands going into the 2021-22 season.
The award recognizes sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
"This is business," GM Bill Guerin said of the drama around Zach Parise's status. "This is not personal. This is not meant to be a soap opera."
The team's top three goal scorers are up for new contracts, negotiations that will headline a unique offseason for the Wild.
The 24-year-old winger led rookies with 27 goals and 51 points, totals which also led the Wild. The Calder Trophy winner will be announced later this month.
The NHL's probable rookie of the year lived up to the hype during his first season in Minnesota, and is already looking toward the future.
A player with four years left on his contract doesn't usually have to make a declaration like that, but such is the reality between the Wild and one of its faces of the franchise.