Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 8/6/14
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild might have been the biggest surprise in the NHL when they were leading the league in mid-December with a franchise-best 20-8-5 start. After just two wins in their next 12 games, they were on the outside of the playoff picture.Certainly, Minnesota accelerated its development timetable with a fast start to the season, but are the Wild truly a team that should be focused on the playoffs? It's a question Minnesota's leadership, including general manager Chuck Fletcher, must answer before the Feb. 27 trade deadline.The Wild entered Thursday night's game against Northwest Division-leading Vancouver tied for eighth place in the Western Conference with 58 points. As the trade deadline approaches, Minnesota's objectives will be interesting. Should the Wild, who haven't made the playoffs in four years, become buyers or sellers?If Minnesota can pull it off, its best answer might be both.The Wild have pieces that could be attractive to playoff contenders in t...
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