ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Craig Leipold was relaxing in his owner's suite at the Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday night, preparing for the Minnesota Wild's preseason game against the St. Louis Blues and said his anxiety was a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10.
It was the preseason, after all. When Minnesota starts its season Oct. 3 at home against the Los Angeles Kings, Leipold will be back in his suite at center ice and said his anxiousness will ratchet up to a 10 on the same scale. Leipold lives with every emotional sway during the Wild's games and says he's unable to sleep when he gets home, win or lose.
Leipold believes his restlessness this season will be caused more by excitement than reliving missed opportunities.
"I'm asked a million times a day it seems like, 'how's the team looking, how do you feel about it?'," Leipold said. "Fact is, I agree with (general manager Chuck Fletcher) when he tells me, 'this is the best team we've ever had here.'"
Leipold, who bought the team in 2009, made a...