ST. PAUL, Minn. The gang's all here for the Minnesota Wild.
Well, almost. But with the arrivals of Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley to Wednesday's skate at Xcel Energy Center, nearly the entire Wild roster was able to skate together three days after the NHL lockout came to an unofficial end. The only player missing from Wednesday's hour-long skate was Zenon Konopka, who is expected to arrive Thursday.
While the collective bargaining agreement still awaits ratification, the Wild players and the rest of the NHL are forced to get together in these unofficial skates that haven't included head coaches.
Now that Koivu and Heatley two of Minnesota's top-line forwards are back, the excitement among Wild players continues to build.
"I got here pretty early today," Heatley said. "Just seeing the faces walk through the door, obviously the old guys that were here before and a bunch of new faces, it was a lot of excitement in there. I think you can tell. Good pace out there, a lot of jump. We're...