Lockout spoiling Wild's big summer

Updated: November 1, 2012, 12:27 PM ET
By Craig Custance

There are plenty of theories as to which teams will hold the advantage if the NHL returns to a shortened schedule and quick training camp. Assuming a collective bargaining agreement gets done at some point, that likely means a training camp spanning a week to 10 days before a condensed schedule kicks in, with teams sprinting toward the playoffs.

Some have suggested teams with the most players playing overseas have the biggest advantage since they can jump right in and pile up early points. A team like Detroit, with Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula competing overseas, could benefit from key players arriving in game shape.

Others think it's the teams that have been together the longest, with a coaching staff in place for years, will be able to seamlessly transition into a short season. Players in Nashville know exactly what Barry Trotz expects from them the moment they arrive. Vancouver's veterans, especially the Sedins, could play effectively tomorrow if there were a game.

If that is true, then a team that made major additions in the offseason at key positions might be at a disadvantage, especially if those players aren't playing competitive hockey right now.

Which brings us to the Minnesota Wild.